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'We Are At Def-Kanye Five': Jimmy Kimmel Reveals How Kanye West Threatened Him During 'Angry Phone Call,' Demanded Apology Over Skit

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Sep. 27 2013, Published 8:04 a.m. ET

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Jimmy Kimmel remained laughing and unrepentant after infuriating Kanye West with a bit earlier this week that mocked the rapper's pretentiousness and delusions of grandeur, leading to a loud and brash blowback from the A-list music-maker.

"Quick question: Did anyone else get a very angry phone call from Kanye West about an hour and a half ago? Just me? OK, I didn't know if he was mad at all of us," he said in his monologue Thursday.

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On the call, Kimmel said Kanye intimidatingly tried to make him make amends over the perceived disrespect.

"He told me I had two choices: apologize publicly ... and that was really the only choice! The other choice he gave was that my life … 'Your life is going to be much better if you apologize,'" Kimmel said.

As we previously reported, the sketch -- which cast a child to quote a Kanye interview with the BBC verbatim -- led Kim Kardashian's baby daddy to make the talk show host the focus of a Twitter rant in which he called him, among other things, a "MANIPULATIVE MEDIA MUTHERF***ER"

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Jimmy -- who called the bit "pretty innocuous" and "a spoof" -- said that during Kanye's angry phone tirade, the mercurial superstar dubbed himself the "most powerful voice in media."

"Finally I'm in a rap feud," he said. "Right now we're at Def-Kanye Five: Thanks, Kanye, appreciate it."

An insider on Kimmel's set explained to us the dynamic that led to the fire-starting bit.

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"Well, we have been playing back clips from his interview in London in which he talks about how brilliant he is and cutting-edge and how he wants to anchor the worlds first trillion-dollar company. We then hired children to re-enact that interview.

"Jimmy enjoys the fact that Kanye is a malignant narcissist and megalomaniac and that his ego knows no boundaries."

Kimmel, in a tweet Thursday, reassured the suspicious show biz media the "not a prank," as he and Kanye are not in cahoots for the priceless publicity the feud's already generated.



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