Kanye Apologizes for “the Realness” on ‘Ellen’


Today, Kanye West visited Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about everything you could possibly think of. Ellen started by congratulating Kanye on his new baby, who she claimed was named by her and her wife, Portia de Rossi. “Don’t you remember that?” Ellen asked. “We were sending tons of names, and you wrote back, ‘I like Saint!'” Kanye, however, seemed to have some memory loss; he succinctly answered, “No.”

Given that he’s already a father of two, Ellen asked Kanye if he wanted more kids, but he refused to give an answer more definitive than maybe. (Ellen seemed to know that the rapper’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, was not interested in having a third child.)

Later, Ellen suggested an idea — allegedly another statement straight from Kim’s mouth — that Kanye hire a board of directors for his Twitter account: “When you have an idea, you give it to Kim and a bunch of people and they say, ‘Okay, you can tweet that’ or, ‘No, you cannot tweet that.'” Does Kanye think that it’s a good idea, though? “Absolutely not.” He doesn’t even regret any of his current tweets, saying “What’s the point of thinking [before tweeting]?”

Speaking of tweets, Kanye also said that he did agree that his earlier tweet to Mark Zuckerberg requesting help should have been posted to Facebook (duh), and clarified what exactly he wants money for. “It’s like the Pursuit of Happiness, like you’re trying to sell this bone density machine,” he began. “I feel that if I had more resources, I could help more people. I have ideas that can make the human race existence within our hundred years better. Period.”

Elsewhere, he talked about the Academy Awards and #OscarSoWhite (“I didn’t take it as a joke, it ain’t no joke”), being an artist with synesthesia (“Everything that I sonically make is a painting”), and his desire to “take away bullying.” He also mentioned a possible Payless deal, so be on the lookout for that.

Finally, Kanye offered an apology (of sorts): “I’m sorry, daytime television. I’m sorry for…the realness.”

After the interview, Kanye joined Ellen for a game of “5 Second Rule.” Kanye, who maybe missed the rules — to name three different things that can fit into each category — gave the answer of the night when, prompted with the category of “three things that are hairy,” he responded “BALLS, BALLS, BALLS.” And, apparently, Kanye doesn’t have three things that he does when nobody is looking, only one: smile.