Jimmy Kimmel, Busy Philipps and James Corden have no problem believing Kanye would interrupt someone else’s moment.
Kanye West got into some hot water over his cell phone usage during the Broadway opening of "The Cher Show," and late-night had to interrupt his apology to give their hot takes on it.
Ye was called out by actor Jarrod Spector during the show, who wrote, "If you look up from your cell phone you’ll see we’re doing a show up here. It’s opening night. Kind of a big deal for us."
After the show wrapped, Kanye responded to Jarrod’s tweet with praise for the production and an apology for his "lack of ettiquette." It was this apology that absolutely captured Busy Philipp’s attention over on "Busy Tonight."
Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel had to admit that he wasn’t all that surprised to see Kanye in familiar territory again, while James Corden took the opportunity to test his knowledge of classic Cher lyrics.
"The Cher Show" is a musical production that tells the story of the early life of Cher through three pivotal chapters in her life, as portrayed by three different actresses. Jarrod brings her husband Sonny Bono to life, and has been with the production since its workshop days.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
"I want to start tonight with a story about our future president of the United States," Jimmy Kimmel said grandly to set up the story. "Of course, I’m talking about Kanye West."
After breaking down the particulars of Kanye getting called out and apologizing, Jimmy joked, "I find it a little hard to believe. The Kanye I know would never dream of upstaging another performer. It’s just not in his DNA.
He then joked that Kanye was probably on his phone to find out who Cher is, and asked what he thinks is the "real question."
"How did Kanye end up at a Broadway show about Cher? That’s weirder than him being friends with Donald Trump."
Busy Philipps had a much more optimistic take on the whole story, choosing instead to focus on the very positive reaction from Kanye West. "This story has a very happy ending because Ye apologized," she said.
She went on to add, "Honestly, when I read that, it almost made me tear up because he’s trying, you guys."
Plus, there’s always a silver lining to every story if you just know where to look for it, and Busy knew right where it was. "Thanks to Kanye and his phone, everybody knows about this Broadway show," she pointed out. "Do you guys know how hard it is to open a show?"
But then she had a startling realization. "Do you think we could get Kanye here to look at his phone in our audience so we can get some press?" she asked. "Give me that Kanye bump!"
"Busy Tonight" has only been on the air for five weeks now, so she could certainly use the attention to encourage people to check out her show.
Maybe after he’s done on his phone, Kanye could even run up and abruptly take over her show. "Imma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best talk shows of all time!"
"The Late Late Show with James Corden"
James Corden dropped in briefly on the story as well, reading off the original tweet and following it up with a, "Yeezus that’s embarrassing.
He then said that rather than put his phone down, Kanye instead apologized by texting, "If I could turn back tiiime." And yes, this joke went on through several more lyrics before circling back to an earlier news story about just how filthy our cell phones really are.
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