Why the Heck Did Jimmy Kimmel Do All of the Apologizing When He Interviewed Kanye West?

The late-night host poked fun at the rapper and ignited a Twitter feud. But didn't Kanye owe him a "sorry" too?

Kanye West visited Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show on Wednesday, in order to bury the hatchet over their Twitter feud. As you may recall, that "feud" began when Kimmel's show did a goofy sketch in which kids re-enacted parts of a recent Kanye interview. For some reason, Kanye went on the attack, tweeting a barrage of insults at Kimmel. So you'd think that he was stopping by Jimmy's show to apologize, right?

Wrong. Jimmy was the one who did all the apologizing. Now how did that happen?

"I really felt bad about all of this stuff. I did," Kimmel told West when the interview began. (Watch Part 1 below.) "In fairness, there was context to it, and we took it out of context."

Okay, yes -- but that was the point of the sketch, right? Kanye is a reliable source of entertaining quotes, and Kimmel's writers took those quotes out of the context of the interview, and put them in the mouth of a little kid. Leather jogging pants! It was funny.


But Kanye's sense of humor does not extend to jokes about himself. He is extremely earnest about his creative pursuits, and does not like being mocked. He was insulted that Kimmel made light of his "fearless" interview. He was upset that Kimmel later (jokingly) referred to his tweets as a "rap feud," because he's not just a rapper, he's also a designer and a producer and the salvation of mankind, or whatever.

And no, Kanye didn't apologize to Jimmy for flying off the handle. In retrospect, we shouldn't have even expected him to, because Kanye is historically terrible at apologies. We can all agree that he owed Taylor Swift an apology for interrupting her speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs, and he did apologize, months later -- but then he took it back in a 2013 New York Times interview. He also tried to apologize to former President George W. Bush (for his "Bush doesn't care about black people" comment) on the Today show, but afterwards, West accused Matt Lauer of "forcing his answers."

Even though Kimmel didn't get an apology, he did manage to confront Kanye about his arrogance. Sort of.

"When you said you think you're a genius, I think that upsets people," Kimmel pointed out. "But the truth is a lot of people think they're geniuses, but nobody says it because it's weird to say it. But it is most certainly more honest to say, 'I am a genius.'"

West replied, "I'm totally weird and totally honest and I'm totally inappropriate sometimes, and the thing is, for me not to say I'm not a genius, I would just be lying to you and to myself."

Here are a few other great quotes from Kanye's interview with Kimmel. (And yes, they are out of context. That makes them no less great.)

"For me, I care about cool stuff. It means a lot to me. It means a lot to people who are like me."

"I would say I'm more of a messenger than a rapper."

"I've never done a publicity stunt in my life. It was always what I thought was the truth. I don't follow rules of like, normal celebrity."

"Creatives have gotten beat up my entire life. There's moments when I stood up to drug dealers in Chicago and said, 'You can't have my publishing. Come and kill me.'"

"There's no way Kim Kardashian shouldn't have a star on the Walk of Fame."

Watch parts 2 through 6 of Kanye and Jimmy's interview below.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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