Kanye West has pulled out of a planned appearance to poke fun at himself on U.S. talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! due to “insurmountable logistics”.
The controversial hitmaker had agreed to join host Jimmy Kimmel at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas this week, when he was expected to take part in the show’s regular ‘mean tweets’ segment, in which celebrities read out rude comments posted about them on Twitter.
TV producers also hoped to have West pre-tape a sketch poking fun at his infamous interruptions and rants, like his Beck-rant at the Grammy Awards last month, to air on Friday, but the plan never came to fruition.
Announcing the news in a show teaser on Wednesday, Kimmel said, “Willie Nelson will be here in studio with us. Kanye West was supposed to be here too, but he cancelled – or maybe he’s planning to jump on stage unexpectedly to interrupt Willie. So if you do not like Kanye West, make sure to tune in Friday night to not see him.”
A representative for Jimmy Kimmel Live! reveals producers are hoping to welcome the hip-hop star in the future, saying, “We look forward to having Kanye West back on the show.”
Meanwhile, West’s spokesperson tells the New York Post, “We were never confirmed… We took extraordinary steps and worked directly with the show to make it happen. Logistics were insurmountable.”