Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel are friends again, and all is right with the world.

Unless, of course, you happen to work for the government.

But never mind that. West went on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday night to discuss the feud he and Kimmel had the past few weeks, after Kimmel mocked West in a skit, causing West to slam him on Twitter.

Kimmel told the audience, before West came out, "Tonight you will bear witness to the great Kimmel-West Debate of 2013. 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."

Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West attend the Comedy Central Emmy After Party Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West attend the Comedy Central Emmy After Party Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (AP Photo/Shea Walsh)

Kimmel also denied that the whole fiasco was a publicity stunt. "I wish I had thought of that. I just didn't," Kimmel said. "You know, honestly, I've been too busy masterminding the giant prank going on in Washington D.C. right now. That one is going gangbusters."

After West came out, Kimmel admitted he only watched part of West BBC Radio 1 interview that prompted the skit, which involved two children playing West and his interviewer. The idea came to him, he said, it because he finds it funny to "see kids curse."

Well ... duh.

"I think some people read into it differently, that we were positioning you as a child," Kimmel told West. "Which was not the case."


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The rapper explained his radio rant by saying "People are too scared of getting spooked in a way. Creators get beat up my entire life ... I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up and the way that they control people with low self-esteem."

West blamed his tirade and angry phone call to Kimmel on the tabloids. "This is the one person I know, so I can go and let out everything that I feel about every single bogus Weekly cover," he said. "Every single bogus skit ... the very person who feels it's OK to treat celebrities like zoo animals."

Wait a second, Kanye ... now you're just trying to take food from my children's mouths.

Kimmel told West, "A lot of people think you are a jerk. I often in my own personal conversations say 'No. I know this guy. He is not a jerk.'"

That would have been a great time for West to reach over the desk and punch him.

West said, "I'm not running for office, I'm just here to make good music, make people feel good," he said. "For me, I'm a creative genius and there's no other way to word it, and I know you're not supposed to say those things about yourself. I could care less about any of these cameras, in all honesty. All I care about is my family." (According to E! News, West's girlfriend Kim Kardashian and infant daughter North watched the interview backstage.)

Kimmel again referenced the BBC interview, saying West calling himself a "creative genius" was "a weird thing to say." But he gave West credit for his honesty. "I think that upsets people, but the truth is, a lot of people think that they are geniuses and nobody says it."

"I'm totally weird," West acknowledged. "I'm totally honest and I'm totally inappropriate sometimes. For me to say I wasn't a genius, I would just be lying to you and to myself."

West, of course, talked more about himself, which he seems to like doing. "I had an art background even before I was a musician," he said. "I'm more of a messenger than a rapper."

So he's, like, a ressenger?

West -- who's had several scuffles with the paparazzi, including one at LAX earlier this year for which he may face criminal charges, according to TMZ -- said he wants to be known for his accomplishments instead of his personal life.

"When people hear my music, they have a good time. And I should be respected as such when I walk down the street," he said. "Don't ask me a question about something you saw in the tabloids. Don't try to antagonize me. Because you know what--it's not safe for you in this zoo."

His lawyer must've enjoyed that last sentence.

West is scheduled to play the SAP Center in San Jose on Oct. 22

Contact Tony Hicks at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/insertfoot.