Nick Cannon claims his row with Kanye West was ''pageantry'' and he was happy to play along.

The two stars clashed earlier this month after the 41-year-old star called out his friend for talking about his wife Kim Kardashian in a recent interview, and the 37-year-old rapper responded in kind.

Insisting that it was part of Kanye's usual ''Yeezy promotion'', he told Real 92.3's Big Boy's Neighborhood: ''I was like, I'm gonna play the game he's playing... 'Ye at his best... I was like, 'Hey, I'm happy to be a part of the circus. Let's get to it.'

''And obviously again, to the core, I consider this dude a friend... I stood up for him when it was the 'slavery is a choice' [incident]; I've always been like, 'Yo, that's not what the man was trying to say.'

''And I even said that to him, I was like, 'Yo, I'm always gonna ride for you, even when you're wrong, 'cause that's what cats who ride with each other do... But I think a lot of it was pageantry, at the end of the day.''

Nick - who urged Kanye not to tell him what he can and can't say amid the apparent feud - suggested the pair have already patched things up.

He added: ''We didn't chop it up about the issue. It was more about, like, 'Man, it's been a minute,' and kind of getting back to it. That's why I was like, 'Alright that [video rant] probably was more for the public.

''And he said what he had to say, and I actually respect what he had to say, other than the fact that, you know, demanding me what I can and cannot say.''

The row comes after Kanye criticised him for a Complex interview where he suggested it wasn't ''far off of a concept'' that Drake and Kim had slept together in the past.

In an Instagram post, he said: ''First of all, I want to address Nick Cannon. I understand that you used to date my wife, but you know, you get into an interview, don't mention my wife.

''If someone brings up my wife you say 'Ye, I respect that man. I'm not speaking on that.' Don't be making no suggestions like somebody f**k my wife.''