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Kanye makes 'hip-hop Muppet Show'

Kanye West
West's hits include Gold Digger, Through The Wire and Stronger

Rap star Kanye West has teamed up with US cable channel Comedy Central to make a programme described as "hip-hop meets the Muppets", according to US media.

Billboard magazine said a pilot episode had already been filmed, and featured new music from the Grammy-winning star.

West was also the host but, if the show is commissioned, it will have a new presenter each week - like the Muppets.

Producers on the programme, which has the working title Alligator Boots, include South Park writer Jon Kimmel.

West and fellow rapper Rhymefest are also listed as executive producers.

Puppet version of Kanye West (from the Champion video)
A puppet version of West was created for one of his music videos
If picked up, the show would make its debut in 2009, reported trade paper The Hollywood Reporter.

Coincidentally, a puppet version of West starred in a recent video for the rapper's song, Champion.

The clip, released to coincide with the Beijing Olympics, showed the mannequin competing against real athletes in a 100m sprint.

It was directed by production company Neon. It is not known whether they are involved with Alligator Boots, which is the brainchild of TV producers Jackhole Industries.

The company, which was co-founded by US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, was also behind Comedy Central's puppet show Crank Yankers.




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