Kanye West has pulled out of a scheduled appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live scheduled for the night after what ended up being a particularly poor performance in the presidential election.
During Monday’s episode, Jimmy Kimmel simultaneously announced that West would be his guest on Wednesday night and that he would not appear.
“On Wednesday, the day after the election, we will be joined in the studio by maybe the next President of the United States, Kanye West, will be with us,” Kimmel told viewers, before turning away from the screen. “Oh, he canceled? OK, Kanye West canceled a few moments ago. “
“So he won’t be here, but I will be there. Can I also cancel? The host added, laughing jokingly, “We will try to bring in one of the other presidents.”
At the time, it wasn’t clear whether Kimmel was serious or not, but on Wednesday afternoon West was replaced on the show’s schedule by Kerry Washington and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).
The two have something of a controversial affair, with West going after Kimmel in 2013 for using two young children to recreate a bizarre interview the rapper did with BBC Radio 1. Zane Lowe. “JIMMY KIMMEL IS OFFLINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THIS IS THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS,” West tweeted, adding later: “SHOULD I SPOOL YOUR FACE OR YOU FUCK BEN AFFLECK …#NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK #ALLDISRESPECTTOJIMMYKIMMEL!!!! “
Most recently, Kimmel left West speechless in a 2018 interview when he referred to his guest’s 2005 comments on President George W. Bush just after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.
“I mean, you said so famous and so powerfully, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people,'” Kimmel noted at the time. “It makes me wonder what makes you think Donald Trump or anyone at all?” West sat silently with his arms crossed for several seconds before the host decided to let him off the hook by throwing in the commercial.
The following week, Kimmel told the Daily Beast he felt West’s silence “answering the question” about Trump. “I think he doesn’t feel the same kind of pressure that most people feel in a situation like this,” he explained. “And I think that’s a question I hope he eventually answers.”
Soon after, West kind of answered Kimmel’s question when he told a radio interviewer, “I feel like [Trump] cares about how black people feel about him, and he would like black people to like him like they did when he was cool in rap songs and stuff. He will do the things necessary to make that happen because he has an ego like all of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the Black community. “
Wednesday night would have been another chance for Kimmel to see what West thinks of Trump now.
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