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Kanye West demands apology from Jimmy Kimmel over spoof

By Lynn Elber

AP Television Writer

LAST UPDATED: 07:34 a.m. HST, Sep 27, 2013

LOS ANGELES » Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West either are engaged in a bitter feud or a wild parody of one.

A skit poking fun at West on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday provoked an irate call from the rapper about an hour and half before Thursday's show, Kimmel said in his monologue.

"He is very angry because of a bit we aired this week," Kimmel said, in which a child re-enacted an interview that West gave to Britain's BBC. It was "pretty innocuous," the late-night host said.

But West ordered him to make a public apology and said Kimmel's life would be "much better" if he did so, Kimmel said, adding that West also called himself the most powerful voice in media.

Then came more than a half-dozen tweets posted on West's official Twitter site. One called Kimmel out of line for spoofing what West called "the first piece of honest media in years," and another referred to photographers trying to get shots of West's baby daughter with Kim Kardashian.

"Jimmy Kimmel, I don't take it as a joke. ... You don't have scum bags hopping over fences trying to take pictures of your daughter," West tweeted. Other tweets used profanity and coarse language, while one mocked Kimmel by saying his former girlfriend Sarah Silverman is funnier than him.

"Finally, I'm in a rap feud. I always wanted to be in a rap feud," a smiling Kimmel said.

Representatives for Kimmel in Los Angeles and West in New York didn't immediately respond to requests for comment made early today, outside of business hours.

In a tweet Kimmel posted before the show, he said West's attack was "not a prank, I promise," unless West was playing one on him. Kimmel has done his share of high-concept comedy, including a show in which Matt Damon tied him up onstage and took over as host.

West is known for his outbursts, not his humor.

The incident capped a big week for "Jimmy Kimmel Live," with shows including Hollywood street concerts with Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake.

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OregonRedRaider wrote:
awww..... and what was it that made his baby mama famous again.... laying on her back!!!!
on September 27,2013 | 04:52AM
RichardCory wrote:
Sounds like little Kanye has some growing up to do.
on September 27,2013 | 05:07AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
Kanye got to get over himself..Comedians especially late night ones always spoof..its the price you pay for..fame
on September 27,2013 | 05:10AM
Kaleo744 wrote:
This guy is a big baby,he can criticize other entertainers like the incident with Taylor swift,and whimps like a six year old when people talk of him...grow up you legend in your mind..
on September 27,2013 | 06:15AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
kaleo put it perfectly. get over it loser.
on September 27,2013 | 02:07PM
kamehame wrote:
anger management problem.
on September 27,2013 | 06:17AM
HOSSANA wrote:
I implore Jimmy Kimmel NOT TO APOLOGIZE to Kanye West......this is a free country and his parody was in good taste and not out of order. If anybody was out of order, that would be Kanye who thinks he and his companion think they are God's family.
on September 27,2013 | 07:25AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Amazing how thin skinned some of these people are. They can dish it out in heaps but if they are the butt of the joke they can't.
on September 27,2013 | 10:43AM
juscasting wrote:
He did the same cry baby thing when "Mind of Mencia" spoofed his song, Gold Digger! He threatend him about making fun of his song. blah, blah, blah. Somebody do a drive by on this bum.
on September 27,2013 | 11:48AM
juscasting wrote:
If you remember Kanye did the same thing when "Mind of Mencia" did a spoof on his song "Gold Digger"
on September 27,2013 | 12:04PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
The sad part is that this "rapper" makes millions.
on September 27,2013 | 12:42PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
What an arrogant, ignorant crybaby. It confirms that the parody was spot on.
on September 27,2013 | 01:32PM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
Who is Kanye West?? He looks so similar to the guy I seen pedaling we'ed in downtown Philly.
on September 27,2013 | 01:47PM
Rickyboy wrote:
cRapper Puff Daddy asking for respect what a bunch of cr---.
on September 27,2013 | 03:26PM
MakaniKai wrote:
on September 27,2013 | 03:32PM
Dawg wrote:
Mr. Yea is a legend in his own mind. And his chubby wife is a joke.
on September 28,2013 | 06:24AM
awahana wrote:
The sooner the dumb kids we have stop buying his un-talented music, the better. He should go get some plastic surgery procedures...
on September 28,2013 | 06:27AM
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