Kimmel, West say feud is real
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 television show.
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 a genius. West was objecting to the idea that he’s “just a celebrity.”
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.
CBS is shaking up Mondays
CBS is making big changes to its Monday night lineup after a disappointing start in the new fall television season.
Gone after just two episodes is the new situation comedy “We Are Men,” which was airing in the 8:30 p.m. time slot. “We Are Men,” which followed four men struggling to make connections with women, averaged just 6 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
Also, the raunchy sitcom “2 Broke Girls” is being demoted from 9 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. So far this season, “2 Broke Girls” has averaged about 8 million viewers, which is off 17 percent compared with a year ago.
CBS will replace “2 Broke Girls” at 9 p.m. with reruns of its Thursday smash “The Big Bang Theory” for the next few weeks. Then in November, the network will bring “Mike & Molly” off the bench to take custody of that crucial time period. Still delivering for CBS is the long-running sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” which is in its last season and occupies the 8 p.m. slot.
Rivers has condo concerns
Comedian and condo board president Joan Rivers is being sued for $15 million in a dispute involving a former downstairs neighbor in her luxury New York City building.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
The New York Daily News reports former neighbor Elizabeth Hazan signed ownership of the $2 million two-bedroom unit to Real Estate Holdings Group in July.
The company contends Rivers and others ripped wires from the unit’s cable box and squirted glue in its locks. It says building officials recently denied Hazan access to the apartment.
The paper says Hazan has a long-running battle with Rivers over unpaid condo fees.
A lawyer for Rivers says he’s preparing a response to the suit.
Rivers lives in the building’s $30 million upstairs penthouse.