Executive Meddling Derailed the Kanye West Episode of Rick and Morty

By Joshua Waddles

15 May 2021

**EDIT: This story was written before recent controversies.

A plan which rapper Kanye West and the creators of Rick and Morty started on years ago was nixed by executives, according to Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon.

Kanye West is known to be a massive fan of Rick and Morty. Knowing this, creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland reached out to West in May, 2019 and offered him his own episode. They’d originally hoped to get him for Season 4, but scheduling conflicts prevented this from happening.

West and the creators continued talks and made much progress, basically having an episode planned within moments, according to Harmon. West even planned to create original music for the episode. And this may be what caused the production companies to step in.

“At that point, that was when seven different corporations – and I don’t fault them for this, because this is their job – they have to say, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait a minute, slow down, psychos. What are you doing?’” Harmon said.  

Seven different production companies all objected to the episode plans.

Discussion of the Kanye West episode begins at 15:00

The episode, if it ever does happen, will not be the first prominent role he played in an animated series. In 2010 he guest starred in an episode of The Cleveland Show, in the episode titled “Harder, Better, Faster, Browner.” In this episode he played 19-year old Kenny West, an aspiring rapper who gives up on his dream to become a cable-installer like Cleveland.  He also made appearances in other episodes, joining Cleveland Jr. in a rap battle against Kevin Federline.

As for the long-awaited Rick and Morty appearance, creators don’t seem to be giving up on the idea of a Kanye episode just yet.

“Time will tell,” said Harmon.

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