Find Out Why Kanye West Was Missing From Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Spoiler alert: He was never confirmed to participate

By Francesca Bacardi Mar 20, 2015 8:43 PMTags
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No mean tweets for Kanye West...yet.

Jimmy Kimmel said that he would love to have the "Only One" rapper appear as a guest on his show so that he could participate in the show's signature "mean tweets" segment Friday night, and his wish was almost granted! But after reports surfaced claiming West was a "no-show," E! News has learned that he didn't just bail on his SXSW appearance.

"He was never confirmed to be on the show. We took extraordinary steps and worked directly with the show to try to make it happen," his rep tells us. "Logistics were insurmountable. We have a great and longstanding relationship with the show and we will be back on soon."

When breaking the news of Kanye's absence to his Austin crowd, the late-night talk show host joked, "Willie Nelson will be here in studio with us. Kanye West was supposed to be here, too but he canceled -- 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."

Kimmel previously told E! News that he didn't know if his show had ever officially asked North West's dad to participate, but said they ultimately would. But the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host joked that instead of asking Kanye, he should ask someone else for permission.

"Maybe we'll run it by Kim [Kardashian] first," he joked. "She seems more relaxed with that sort of thing."

It wouldn't be West's first time appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He previously appeared on the show in 2013 to defend himself against a sketch that Kimmel aired that mocked West's interview with the BBC. He had hired two children to reenact the interview, which caused West to go on a Twitter rampage against Kimmel.

He famously tweeted, "SHOULD I DO A SPOOF ABOUT YOUR FACE OR YOU F--KING BEN AFFLECK…#NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK #ALLDISRESPECTTOJIMMYKIMMEL!!!!" the musician wrote in one tweet, which has since been deleted.

West was referring to Kimmel's 2008 music video response to then-girlfriend Sarah Silverman's "F*@#ing Matt Damon" music video.