Awkward! When Kimmel Met Kanye

It took an awkward sit-down on national television, but it appears the Twitter-fueled “rap feud” between hip-hopster Kanye West and late night funnyguy Jimmy Kimmel has come to an end.

The budding of heads that first exploded on social media last week came to a head on Wednesday night’s edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live, when the host welcomed the ticked-off rapper to the stage. Jimmy quipped in the show’s monologue:

“I’m actually looking forward to talking to Kanye. I have a lot of important questions to ask. Like, is he aware that the name Kanye translates to Akon in pig latin? The only other time I was ever involved in a rap feud of this magnitude was in 1992 when I accused Sir Mix-a-Lot of only liking medium butts.”

The interview itself was somewhat awkward. Never quite apologized for exploding on Kimmel during his Twitter temper tantrum, instead calling the outburst a misguided focus of pent-up rage about “bogus” tabloid falsehoods and people who “think it’s OK to treat celebrities like zoo animals.” Kanye does admit that he often says “stuff the wrong way.”

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Jimmy responded with:

“I don’t know if you know this. And I often, in my own personal conversations, say, ‘I know this guy, and I’m telling you, he is not a jerk.'”

To prove his point, the host displayed a photo, taken at a wedding, of Kanye happily posing with Jimmy’s dad.

Kanye then remarked:

“For me to say I wasn’t a genius, I would just be lying to you and myself…You’re gonna love me or you’re gonna hate me, but I’m gonna be me.”

Following a comedy bit in which musical guest Josh Groban set Kanye’s choicest tweets to music, Kanye stuck around for a second segment that found him going on a rambling tirade that referenced Steve Jobs, Ralph Lauren, Michelangelo, DaVinci and Jesus Christ.

He expressed dismay that girlfriend Kim Kardashian is being denied a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“There is no way that Kim Kardashian shouldn’t have a star on the Walk of Fame.”

The highlight of the interview, however, came when Jimmy presented the new dad with a baby gift for daughter North: a tiny pair of leather jogging pants.

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