*Kanye West has found a way to get around the controversy surrounding his new album cover (pictured above). The plan, he says, is to release the product with five interchangeable sleeves.

As previously reported, the rapper said this week that his new album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” is facing a ban at Wal-Mart due to its controversial cover, which pictures the artist as a naked demon being straddled by a phoenix-type creature.

He later poked fun at the outrage in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, “In response to the reaction of my album cover… I’m deeply sorry if I haven’t offended everybody.”

But West has now decided to give fans a variety of different covers to choose from, explaining to MTV.com, “It’s five covers. And you get all five of them when you buy the album.”

Meanwhile, Kanye West made a surprise appearance on “Ellen” yesterday, literally coming out of the floorboards in the midst of an ongoing Chilean miner skit to the crowd’s complete surprise.

He went on to discuss and show a clip from his new short film “Runaway,” and explain why he replaced his bottom row of teeth with diamonds. [Watch below.]