If you don't remember Kanye West's possible HBO series, don't worry: the project was first put into development over five years ago with Curb Your Enthusiasm executive producer Larry Charles attached, and apart from a pilot that never made it to air, nothing really came of it. The project soon sunk into the shadows of the pop culture news of yesteryear, and was promptly forgetten—until now. Apparently, back in 2010, actress Alison Quinn uploaded footage from that unaired pilot to YouTube (for her acting reel), and somehow no one noticed. On the Internet. For three whole years. Not even Reddit noticed! That's a huge deal.
Anyway, luckily for us all, the clip was recently unearthed, so we can all see what could have been if this series actually made it to air. We'll let the clip speak for itself—really, it's best if we do—and just explain a little bit about what the show was envisioned as being all about. According to a 2008 article from MTV:
[Executive Producer Larry] Charles did say that the show is roughly Kanye's version of Larry David's show, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," an idea that Kanye thought up himself. "What Kanye West said to me the first time, he said, 'I'm the black Larry David.' That's the first thing he said to me. So it's like a Kanye-and-'Curb' show, it's kind of improvised about the situations and stuff.
So, like, Curb Your Yeezus?
Anyway, HBO turned the project down because they found the final version of the produced pilot "too hardcore" for their audiences. This, you know, from the network that airs True Blood and Game of Thrones—Kanye West being "too hardcore" is where they draw the line. It sounds like a bullshit excuse to shut down the show, but once again, you should probably watch the clip first before making assumptions of any kind.
Imagine if this show had made it to air, though—a less "hardcore" version, of course: Would we have seen a fake Kim Kardashian (she already has a lookalike in the form of Canadian singer/actress Melissa Molinaro) and a recreation of this clip featuring him telling paparazzi "don't talk ever again"? There are possibilities here.