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Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel quickly dispelled the idea their so-called rap feud was a publicity stunt during a sometimes uncomfortable appearance on the comedian's TV show, People reports.

Speculation that the rapper's anger over a "Jimmy Kimmel Live" parody skit that mocked him was staged was immediate after West lashed out at Kimmel in late September.

But both said that their beef was authentic during a 30-minute interview on Wednesday night's show in which West discussed a range of topics including his artistry, paparazzi, family, fashion and the idea of celebrity.

Kimmel said early in the interview that he knows West personally and always found him friendly, but that he seems misunderstood.

"I don't know if you know this, but a lot of people think you're a jerk," Kimmel said after West called himself an artistic genius. West was objecting to the idea that he's "just a celebrity."

"When you said you think you're a genius, I think that upsets people," Kimmel said. "But the truth is a lot of people think they're geniuses, but nobody says it because it's weird to say it. But it is most certainly more honest to say, 'I am a genius.' "

"I'm totally weird and totally honest and I'm totally inappropriate sometimes, and the thing is for me not to say I'm not a genius I'd be lying to you and to myself."

The fight broke out the day after Kimmel hired a child actor to portray West in a re-creation of an interview West gave on BBC Radio 1 in which he discussed the limitations he's faced as his fame has grown, among many other topics.

West told Kimmel he's often upset with his portrayal in the media but usually keeps his reaction to himself. This time, though, since he knew Kimmel, he felt he had a license to reach out by phone and discuss his disapproval man to man.

"That elevates sometimes," West said. "Jimmy does his thing, I do my thing, and at some point egos can flare up, and we kind of took it back to high school."

Kimmel showed the highlights from West's resulting Twitter rant - "You should have seen the second set of Tweets," West joked - and admitted he'd just seen a few snippets of the BBC interview before approving the skit and didn't realize how personal it was.

"I really felt bad about all this stuff, I did," Kimmel said after West walked on stage. West responded: "Mmm huh," but smiled widely after watching a portion of the skit.

In a sometimes stream-of-consciousness delivery, West talked passionately about discrimination based on class, protecting his music publishing from covetous drug dealers, false humility and his thoughts on and experience with high fashion. He also ranted against the Hollywood Walk of Fame organization for denying his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, a star and reflected on his recent negative interactions with paparazzi.


Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top contenders at the 2013 American Music Awards, The Associated Press reports.

The rap duo is up for six awards, including artist, new artist and single of the year for "Thrift Shop."

The "Same Love" performers will battle heavyweights Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Bruno Mars for artist of the year at the Nov. 24 fan-voted awards show in Los Angeles. Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragons will perform.

Kelly Clarkson and will.i.am announced the nominees Thursday at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York. Will.i.am predicted Mars would win the top prize.

Swift and Timberlake have five nominations each, while Robin Thicke, Rihanna and Florida Georgia Line have four each. Mars and Imagine Dragons are up for three awards each.

Nominees for single of the year - a new award - include Thicke's ubiquitous "Blurred Lines" and Florida Georgia Line and Nelly's "Cruise."

Swift, Rihanna and Pink are nominated for favorite female artist-pop/rock. Timberlake, Thicke and Mars are up for favorite male artist-pop/rock.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' other nominations include favorite band, duo or group-pop/rock, favorite artist-rap/hip-hop and favorite album-rap/hip-hop for their platinum-selling debut, "The Heist." They will compete with Jay Z in both rap categories.

The AMAs will air live on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.


Kris Jenner says she can't pinpoint exactly what changed between her and Bruce Jenner that led to their separation. But one thing's for sure, she says: They're not saying goodbye to each other anytime soon, People reports.

"I don't think it was the pace of life. We've always gone 150 miles per hour, and Bruce has more energy than anybody," Kris, 57, says. "I just think it has evolved. I really can't put my finger on it. We're just happier now."

The couple, married since 1991, started getting along better when Bruce began staying in Malibu more over the past year, while Kris stayed in Hidden Hills. Rather than fight that feeling, she says, they eventually embraced it.

"There was definitely a shift in the way we treated each other," Kris says. "We will always be the best of friends, because that's the dynamic of our relationship. We definitely get along as a family and with the kids; we're so connected in that way. We love each other."

Kris says she's relieved she doesn't have to keep it a secret any longer, and echoes what her son Rob Kardashian and Bruce have both said - that the split couldn't be more amicable.

"It's a very wonderful dynamic It's just not something that's real negative and nasty," she says. "I love really hard, and the people that I have in my life that I love will always be in my life forever. It's ultimately like one big happy family."

Having their family but also having their space really is "the best of both worlds," Kris adds.

Asked if divorce papers have been drawn up for future use, she replies: "No. No, no, no."


The Jonas Brothers have canceled their upcoming tour over creative differences, the AP reports.

Brothers Joe, Kevin and Nick were scheduled to begin their 19-date tour Friday in Upper Darby, near Philadelphia. Spokesman Jesse Derris confirmed the cancellation and said fans can get a refund at the point of purchase.

The group tweeted about the tour as recently as Tuesday, posting a picture of a poster for the Pennsylvania stop.

The New Jersey trio shot to fame in 2007 with the release of their self-titled debut. They were one of pop music's biggest successes with TV shows and a Grammy nomination. They had been scheduled to release their first album since 2009 soon, but the future of that project is unclear.


Bill and Hillary Clinton have very strong powers of persuasion. Just ask their daughter, Chelsea - she's feeling the pressure from both of them to have a baby, People reports.

The 33-year-old - who recently admitted that she'd like to become a mom in the next year - tells Rachael Ray on today's episode of her show that the former president and secretary of state are using strong-arm tactics on her.

"There is completely unapologetic pressure. In private and in public," she admits. "If one of my parents were sitting here, they would tell you without blinking an eye that it would make them the happiest thing on earth if I were to make them grandparents, and they would say it so effusively, and I would feel a bit of pressure."

But the Clintons didn't raise a pushover. Their little girl is standing her ground and will get pregnant when she feels the time is right.

"I want to ensure that my husband and I are in a place in our lives and in our working lives where we can provide that for our children without a doubt," she says.

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First Published October 10, 2013 8:00 PM


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