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Michael Jackson has been dead a whole month. That means it’s totally time to anoint someone the new King of Pop, and Kanye West thinks he knows just the guy:

Kanye West.

Okay, not really. But would you be surprised?

This is all a sham, as Scrape TV made up a faux interview in which it quoted West as saying so. And as with some satirical jokes that just hit too close to home, the Onion-esque story was picked up as legit by multiple sources.

Ye and Kim Kardashian
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Ace Showbiz, Celebuzz, the Superficial and a handful of other news sites all reported Kanye’s claims as fact. While that’s shoddy reporting, and the joke on them, it shows what an egomaniac Kanye West is that this would be blindly accepted:

Despite what some celeb gossip sites are reporting, Kanye West made no quotes about being the new King of Pop. But he probably did think it. [Photos: Fame Pictures]

“You know everyone loves and respects Michael, but times change,” the humble star said. “It’s sad to see Michael gone, but it makes a path for a new King of Pop.”

“I’m willing to take that on. There’s nobody who can match me in sales and in respect, so it only makes sense for me to take the crown and become the new King.”

“First there was Elvis, then Michael, now in the 21st century it’s Kanye’s time to rule. I have nothing but respect for Michael, but someone needs to pick up where he left off, and there’s nobody better than me to do that. I am the new King of Pop.”

Unfortunately, these quotes are all made up. Reports of him hooking up with Kim Kardashian and sparking her breakup with Reggie Bush? Less clear.