20 years ago, we had Tupac vs. Notorious B.I.G. Today, it's Jimmy Kimmel vs. Kanye West. And by today, I really mean tonight. Kanye West is going to make a public appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live at 11:35 (Pacific Time) and here are a list of reasons why you should watch this feud get televised. I should know, I used to work at Jimmy Kimmel Live.
But in case you have been living under a rock, let me recap: Kimmel spoofed an interview Kanye West conducted with BBC Radio where he ranted about his leather jogging pants invention and how "we're the real rockstars and I'm the biggest of all of'em". Kimmel took a shine to this interview and re-enacted it with toddlers in place of Kanye and the interviewer. Kanye didn't appreciate this and like a mature adult, took his frustrations to Kimmel via Twitter.
They went back and forth from their Twitter accounts, where Kimmel played the comedic role in the feud as Kanye huffed and puffed, so the question is why should we care what will happen tonight when the two personalities finally meet.
Reason #1: Besides David Letterman, Kimmel is the only talk show host to really not give two sh*ts. He's more than fine to not only welcome a feud, but also take the time to take it to the next level. This is a man who will chug 5 glasses of wine at the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential during his toast...which turned into a roast.
Reason #2: Kimmel has made fun of Kanye West many times before, so this meeting is long, long overdue.
Reason #3: Kimmel is not afraid to kick someone off his show. Back in 2007, Andy Dick was getting out of line so Kimmel physically removed the guest himself by dragging him out.
Reason #4: Kanye West has been known to lose it, outside of his Twitter page. We all remember this incident.
Reason #5: Unfortunately, Kimmel is now the late night Boy Who Cried Wolf after that twerking video stunt he pulled a month ago, so is this just another trick?
I doubt it. I don't think Kimmel wants to be known as the "fooled ya" guy, he's got a lot more to offer than that, so I think this is pretty genuine. And we all know Kanye is really this nutty, so I'm certainly interested in the outcome tonight. Let's just pray it's not another lame "I'm sorry" appearance that Kanye pulled on Leno after the VMA incident.
-Todd Spence (Follow me on the Twitter)