Kanye to Join Family Guy Spinoff

March 17, 2009 By:
Kanye to Join Family Guy Spinoff

We know how much Kanye West loves animation, so it’s no surprise that he’s joined Fox’s new show, The Cleveland Show.

Last week, Kanye did his first table read for an episode, which is a Family Guy spinoff.

On the show, he plays MC Kenny West, an unsuccessful rapper. Executive producer Mike Henry wanted Kanye to be a part of the show after he found out he was a fan of Family Guy.

He tells People, "We knew Kanye was a big Family Guy' fan because he invited Seth [MacFarlane] to his house a year or two ago. And there was a mention on his blog when the spinoff was announced that he was excited about it. We knew he was a big fan, and a lot of us are fans of his."

Producer Richard Appel also says Kanye was a pro at the table read. He says, "Before we came to the table ... there was only one line he didn't love, and he came up with another idea and in a completely modest, nice way said, 'Would you mind if I changed just this one line?' And our feeling was, how many raps have we written? One? And how many has he written? Be our guest!"

Kanye’s not the only superstar who appears on that episode. Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson is also featured. As of now, Kanye is only contracted to one episode, but he’s welcome back whenever he wants.

Appel said, "We just recorded him in the booth, and he was fantastic. Once he read it a couple times through, he just owned the character, which I guess isn't hard since he was named Kenny West. He said he'd be glad to [be back]. I said we could write him in to the next 21 episodes!"

Possible career change, Kanye?