Kanye West appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in an often uncomfortable interview following the two's infamous Twitter feud, dispelling speculation the exchange was merely a publicity stunt.
West unleashed on Kimmel over Twitter in September after Kimmel aired a spoof of West's BBC Radio 1 interview with a child actor playing West. The rapper revealed that while he usually keeps his reaction to media portrayals of himself private, he felt it necessary to reach out to Kimmel having known him personally.
"That elevates sometimes," West said. "Jimmy does his thing, I do my thing, and at some point egos can flare up, and we kind of took it back to high school a bit."
Kimmel assured to West that he always has found him to be friendly, but that he is often responsible for the public's reaction to him based on comments West makes in regards to artistry, such as referring to himself as a "creative genius."
"I will say that a lot of times, I think you bring it on yourself, this kind of misunderstanding about you," Kimmel said. "I don't know if you know this, but a lot of people think you're a jerk and I often, in my own personal conversations, say, 'No, I know this guy, he is not a jerk. I am telling you he is not a jerk."
Kimmel continued his conversation with West, explaining why he feels the public reacts with similar displeasure for the rapper's often outlandish comments.
"When you said you think you're a 'genius,' I think that upsets people," Kimmel said. "But the truth is a lot of people think they're geniuses, and nobody says it because it's weird to say it. But it is most certainly more honest to say, 'I am a genius.'"
"I'm totally weird and totally honest and I'm totally inappropriate sometimes," West replied. "And the thing is, for me not to say I wasn't a genius, I'd be lying to you and to myself."
West also came to the defense of his girlfriend Kim Kardashian, whom he says along with their new-baby daughter North, are two of the only people he cares about and defended Kardashian's star status against critics who make light of her reality television roots.
"By the way, I want to shout out to the the [Hollywood] Walk of Fame because they said something about they're not going to put my girl on the Walk of Fame because she's a reality star," West said.
"It's like people are so, so dated and not modern," West continued. "It's like, there's no way Kim Kardashian shouldn't have a star on the Walk of Fame. It's ridiculous, old concepts and for me it's like, I'm just going to give you all the truth and you're going to learn to love it. You're going to love me or you're going to hate me, but I'm going to be me."
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