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Admittedly, it's possible (even probable) that West got offended on Tuesday night, when Kimmel spoofed the rapper's recent BBC 1 interview. In the comedy bit, a super-cute little kid spouts some of West's words -- verbatim, from the transcript. It's a hilarious rendering of West's enormous ego. Watch here:
What happened once West saw the clip? As Kimmel gleefully informed his audience on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, West did what any raging celebrity with an axe to grind would: He took to Twitter.
Naturally, Kimmel jumped at the opportunity to exploit West's anger for jokes. "Finally, I'm in a rap feud," cracked Kimmel. "I've always wanted to be in a rap feud. Right now we're at Def-Kanye 5. ... Thanks, Kanye! Appreciate it!"
And here's where our doubts start bubbling up. A "rap feud" really is a great source of comedy for a nerdy jokester like Kimmel -- especially when the barrage of tweets from Kanye are as cleverly written as they are angry. Some might say they read like jokes from a late-night show's writer's room.
Not only has Kimmel earned a reputation as late-night TV's No. 1 prankster, he's also particularly fond of using mean-spirited Twitter rants as a source of material. No doubt he and his writers are always on the lookout for their next hoax. It's not a far stretch to imagine him picking up the phone and asking West to be a part of one.
But here's one point that's hard to get around: Kimmel swears it's not a prank. And despite his past practical jokes, he has always come across as a reasonably honest guy. By promising that this feud is real (as he did on Thursday, in the tweet below), he's risking his credibility with the public.
I'll tell you the whole story about @kanyewest tonight on the show - this is not a prank, I promise (unless it's being played on me)— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 27, 2013
He says it's not a prank, and we're willing to take him at his word -- for the time being.
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.