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Jimmy KImmel Cut To Commercial After A Question Seemed To Have Rattled Kanye West, But The Guest Wasn't Happy That he Didn't Get To Respond

TheThings 3/22/2023 Samantha James

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  • Kanye West Preaching At The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • What Was Kanye West Saying That Made Jimmy Kimmel Call For a Commercial Break?
  • It Wasn't The First Time Kanye West Got Cut

Kanye West, or Ye, has quite the track record when it comes to appearing on talk shows. He isn't known for his subtle answers; he has often gone "off script" and entered a preach-like speech.

Few hosts have cut the rapper off; most let him speak and will cut the speech down for air and post a full clip to their YouTube channel, most likely aware this will garner views—no matter the topic.

But, when Ye appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! he was subsequently cut off when Kimmel called for a commercial break, and the rapper was displeased he didn't get to make his statement.

Kanye West Preaching At The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! wasn't the only uncomfortable interview with Kanye West. While the singer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ye went on an eight-minute rant.

The interview started like any other, talking about life and kids. But then DeGeneres asked him about his Tweets and if he thinks he should have a board of directors to approve or deny his tweets; when Ye answered no, she followed up with whether he's ever regretted a tweet.

The singer immediately answers no, saying what's the point of regretting the past? From there, the interview loses focus. After saying he told Mark Zuckerberg his ideas to help change and improve the human race: "I feel that if I had more resources, I could help more people. I have ideas that could make the human race existence within our 100 years better—period." Where Zuckerberg supposedly was on board, Ye said he never heard back from the tech mogul.

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DeGeneres asks him to give her an example of an idea because maybe somebody watching will provide him with the money. From there, she no longer has control of the interview.

He jumps up and starts shouting, "put your hands in the air," and gets what seems like a random burst of energy from his previous one-worded answers.

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Some key quotes and takeaways from the interview are:

"I want to take all this information that I've learned from sitting at all these fashion shows and knocking on all these doors and buying all these expensive clothes, and I want to take away bullying. It's like I'm shaking talking about it. I know it's daytime TV, but I feel that I can make a difference while I'm here."

"Picasso is dead. Steve Jobs is dead. Walt Disney is dead. Name somebody living that you can name in the same breath as them."

"We got 100 years here. We're one race – the human race – one civilization. We're a blip in existence in the universe, and we're constantly trying to pull each other down. I feel I can make a difference while I'm here."

"Everything that I sonically make is a painting. I see it. I see the importance. I see the importance and the value of everyone being able to experience a more beautiful life."

He also referenced Michael Jackson, 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen, President Obama, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

After nearly eight minutes with the audience sitting in near silence, West said, "I'm sorry, daytime television. I'm sorry for the realness." Cue the commercial.

What Was Kanye West Saying That Made Jimmy Kimmel Call For a Commercial Break?

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When Kayne West appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host asked him about his support for Donald Trump and sought his opinion on Trump's views and stance on race issues.

Kimmel asked, "You so famously and so powerfully said, 'George Bush doesn't care about Black people,' and it makes me wonder what makes you think that Donald Trump does, or any people at all."

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After the question was asked, West tilted his head to the side and said nothing. There was a long pause of awkward silence where the singer wasn't responding, so Kimmel called for a commercial break.

After the show aired, people were saying Kimmel had stumped West and that the singer could not respond. Ye didn't appreciate that narrative, so he took to Twitter to clarify: "I'm reading that I was stumped by a question," he wrote. "Let me clarify the clickbait. I wasn't stumped. I wasn't given a chance to answer the question."

The rapper never answered the question, so perhaps Kimmel had stumped Ye.

It Wasn't The First Time Kanye West Got Cut

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In another situation, when West on Saturday Night Live! for the final bow and thank you, the rapper took the mic and went on a political rant.

The rapper launched into a pro-Trump speech while wearing a MAGA hat: "The Blacks want always Democrats… you know it's like the plan they did, to take the fathers out the home and put them on welfare… does anybody know about that? That's a Democratic plan," West said.

"There's so many times I talk to, like, a white person about this, and they say, 'How could you like Trump? He's racist.' Well, uh, if I was concerned about racism, I would've moved out of America a long time ago." The speech was met with boos from the audience and criticism. Ye later said he was bullied at the show for wearing his MAGA hat.

To set the record straight, Pete Davidson went on air saying no one said a word to him and wanted to communicate to West in a way he would understand. The comedian then pulled out a red hat that said, "Make Kanye 2006 Again." Do you think family dinners were awkward when Davidon was dating West's ex-wife Kim Kardashian?

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