Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West hugged it out, made up, and man-to-man-talked last night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." To which I say: What a shame.
There's an old rule in comedy: Never apologize. Never say "I regret..." Never say "I feel terrible about what I said..." Never say, "Gee, I feel your pain..." Imagine if George Carlin said, "Oh I'm so sorry I hurt your feelings..." Or if Richard Pryor said: "I didn't really mean to say all those mean things..." Or if Louis CK said, "How could I be so nasty? Please forgive me!" What if David Letterman... (Umm, nevermind. He did in fact apologize for those Bristol Palin jokes.)
But you get the idea. Comics don't apologize. They'd be done. They should be done.
Kimmel didn't exactly apologize last night, but his intent was the same. He told West he "felt terrible" that West was offended by the skit he did a couple of weeks ago, then let Kanye rattle on about his feelings and creative genius and so on.
It was all so silly. What Kanye doesn't seem to realize is this: He opens himself up to parody every time he does these sort of interviews. His oceanic neediness -- his demand for acceptance, love -- and his notoriously thin skin not only invite parody but demand parody. Not that the Kimmel sketch a week or so ago -- which caused Kanye such umbrage -- was particularly funny (it was not), but Kimmel certainly had nothing to apologize for, or regret.
Now Jimmy has done himself, and his audience, a disservice: He can never make fun of Kanye again. I posted a pair of representative clips. (Newsday app'sters, please check 'em out at newsday.com/tvzone)