During a discussion with Affleck about his new movie, Air, Kimmel greeted Damon over a broken video call.
While discussing his new movie, Air, with Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night, Ben Affleck made what seemed like a sensible suggestion to the late-night host: Why not interview the movie’s star, Matt Damon?
“I understand you have your feuds … Matt is a friend of mine, my best friend, and he’s brilliant at it,” Affleck told Kimmel. “Honest to God, it would mean a lot to me if you would just ask him one question about the film. He worked really hard on it. I can reach him by phone.”
What followed was another chapter in the decades of false feud between Damon and Kimmel as the enemies once again snapped each other on air.
As Damon appeared onscreen behind the pair, Kimmel asked the Cambridge native a legitimate question about “Air,” the upcoming biopic about how Nike exec Sonny Vaccaro (Damon) brokered an industry-changing apparel deal with Michael Jordan.
As Damon began his response, the video feed began to cut out, causing Damon to freeze with ridiculous expressions on his face. Then came the “accidental” video filters that gave Damon a mohawk and a high-top fade, ultimately turning the actor into a hot dog.
“I knew you would do something stupid like that,” Damon said. “You’re such a kid, I’m so sick of dealing with your shit.”
As it turns out, Affleck recently stoked the embers of a real longtime feud Kimmel is embroiled in with former Late Night host Jay Leno.
Kimmel and Leno were pronounced around her dislike apart for years, with Kimmel frequent criticism of Leno for withdrawing “The Tonight Show” from Conan O’Brien and attempting to force Kimmel back to the 12:30 time slot on ABC so Leno could host in the network’s 11:30 slot.
As Kimmel recalled on Tuesday’s show, when he and his wife Molly went to Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s Christmas party last year, he ended up having an “awkward” chat with Leno and his wife Mavis at the front door.
“We’re talking, and it’s a little awkward, and all of a sudden you’re going, … ‘Don’t you guys have a feud or something?'” Kimmel said. “And we stood there in shock and then you left.”
Affleck said he viewed it as “payback” for all the shenanigans Kimmel had done with him and Damon over the years.
“I thought it would be fun,” Affleck replied. “You get two small fishes of a different color and put them in a bowl. Have fun!”
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