After a highly publicized Twitter beef with Jimmy Kimmel, Kanye West is scheduled to appear on the late-night host’s ABC talk show Wednesday.
One of these things will happen:
1. Kanye will apologize to Kimmel for the Twitter tirade and they’ll hug it out.
2. The Chicago native will spew more vitriol at Kimmel for spoofing his BBC interview — the incident that sparked this “rap feud” in the first place.
3. The whole thing will be exposed for the hoax it is.
I’d bet North West’s trust fund that “3” is the right answer.
This has smelled funny from the get go, especially when you consider Kimmel’s penchant for pulling pranks (see: twerking girl on fire). But what really sent my BS detector into overdrive was this late September tweet from the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal:
Odd @kanyewest's @jimmykimmel spat started the day the exec who shepherded Kardashians at E! was named ABC latenight boss— Phil Rosenthal (@phil_rosenthal) September 27, 2013
A quick Google search turned up this Sept. 26 story by the L.A. Times, which noted that ABC named Lisa Berger its new executive vice president of alternative series, specials and late-night programming. Berger came to the Alphabet Net from cable channel E!, where she’d overseen shows like “The Girls Next Door,” “Chelsea Lately,” and, oh yeah, “KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS.”
If you’re just waking up from a coma: Kim Kardashian is Kanye’s baby mama.
I choose to believe this Kanye/Kimmel kerfuffle is the handiwork of a certain momager who knows a good publicity stunt when she sees one.
Even if the “rap feud” turns out to be fake — especially if it turns out to be fake — Wednesday night’s episode should be highly entertaining. I don’t mind if the joke’s on us, as long as it’s good.