The comedian's not sure if he should be flattered or offended by Kanye.
Kanye West turned Jimmy Kimmel's name into a verb during his "TMZ Live" interview with Harvey Levin Monday, and the late-night talk show host clapped back with his own definition of the rapper's name.
The comedian responded to the rapper in wake of Kanye telling Levin "we're not going to Jimmy Kimmel the situation" when the "TMZ" host tried to cut to commercial break.
"Why aren't we gonna Jimmy Kimmel the situation?" an amused Kimmel asked during his monologue earlier this week. "I honestly don't know whether I should be flattered or offended by that."
"I always thought interrupting someone in the middle of speaking was called a Kanye West, I didn't know it was a me," Kimmel joked.
Kanye appeared on "TMZ Live" this week to clarify his widely criticized tweets calling to abolish the 13th Amendment, even though it outlawed slavery in the United States. The outspoken music producer, who is a huge supporter of President Donald Trump and MAGA hats, said he misspoke and meant we should amend the Constitutional amendment.
His crack about Kimmel stems from an interview in August with the comedian, who asked Kanye if he thinks Trump cares about black people. Kanye took a few moments too long to think about his answer, so Kimmel cut to commercial break.
Weeks later, he finally gave an answer: "I feel that he cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this."
"He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he's got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can't be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community," Kanye continued. "So it's something that he's gonna work towards, but we're gonna have to speak to him."
After appearing on Kimmel, West took to Twitter to say that he wasn't "stumped" by the host's Q at the time, he simply "wasn't given a chance to answer the question."
"The question was so important I took time to think," he added at the time.
"Not every question warrants an immediate answer," Kimmel responded on his own Twitter page. "Some answers need to be considered and a talk show with time constraints is a difficult place to do that. I know how much Kanye cares and I am so impressed by what he is doing quietly and without fanfare to help those who need it."