If you happen to have been hoping to see Matt Damon slap his long-time frenemy Jimmy Kimmel on the 2023 Oscars, effectively, the night time remains to be younger (practically three hours into the telecast).
In all seriousness — or with the entire seriousness I can probably muster for former Man Present host Kimmel — metaphorical pictures have been fired contained in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. But it surely was Academy Awards MC Kimmel who had the final giggle when he resurrected his decades-long feud with Damon in entrance Jessica Chastain (who was sitting a mere 10 toes away from activist Malala Yousafzai as she was being harassed by Cocaine Bear). Kimmel took a number of low-cost pictures at Damon, and Chastain was an excellent sport about the entire thing.
However the place did this complete Kimmel-Damon beef begin?
First, it is vital to reiterate that these two are literally actually good associates. They simply faux to hate one another…for laughs or one thing. Right here they’re on the 2016 Oscars doing the identical bit:
The (sexual) stress is palpable.
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As for the way it all started, effectively, Kimmel informed NPR(Opens in a brand new tab) again in 2013 that it began with a well-timed joke after a very unhealthy taping of Jimmy Kimmel Stay!
We had a nasty present. … The friends have been unhealthy, and I used to be feeling fairly unhealthy about myself on the finish of this system. And I made a decision to say, for the amusement of considered one of our producers who was standing subsequent to me … ‘I need to apologize to Matt Damon. We ran out of time.’ … And he acquired a kick out of it, the producer, so I simply began doing it each night time to amuse him.
Why Matt Damon, you ask? It is easy, actually: It was the primary title that popped into his head. The remaining, as they are saying, is popular culture historical past. And now we are able to formally name it a recurring Oscars bit.
No phrase on whether or not Damon will clap again at Kimmel, however the Oscars aren’t over and for all we all know Damon’s been lurking inside that Cocaine Bear swimsuit all night time, simply ready for the fitting second to strike.