Billie Eilish, 19, got payback by punching Jimmy Kimmel in the chest, referencing how he made her look “stupid” in a 2019 quiz about Van Halen which went viral on social media.
The music superstar was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kimmel, 53, on Wednesday, Oct. 13 where he referenced a copy of her bucket list she had written back in 2014.
Jimmy went on to say that Billie was 14 at the time, but she corrected him to clarify that she was 12. “Think about that, Jimmy,” she said, appearing to delight at the moment. “How old were you in 2014?”
This provided a natural segue for her to bring up their highly debated 2019 interview, during which Jimmy had quizzed Billie on a list of pop culture references that were popular back in 1984 when he was her age, many of which appeared to be unfamiliar to her. This had included Van Halen, Run-DMC and Cabbage Patch Kids.
“Wait, really quick,” Billie said with a big smile during the new interview. “Do you remember the last time I was here?” When Jimmy confirmed that he did, she continued, “And you made me look a little stupid.”
This led Jimmy to explain, “Well, yeah, accidentally. I didn’t do it on purpose.” Billie additional, “I thought it was funny because I was playing along, and everybody thought I was serious and didn’t know anything.”
Jimmy then chimed in with, “As I ingemination, you weren’t familiar with Van Halen, and I was like, ‘What!’” She replied, “Yes, there was a lot thing you asked, and I was like, ‘I don’t know.’”
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He pointed out that “everyone jumped down your throat, like, ‘Oh, you should know who Van Halen is.’” But the “Bad Guy” vocalist shared, “It was funny—I didn’t care.”
Back in November 2019, Jimmy asked the then-17-year-old star if she was familiar with Van Halen, to which she had responded, “Who?” This led Jimmy to quip, “I’m gonna start crying.” “Thank you for not making me look stupid like everybody else wants to do on TV,” Billie said to the event’s staff from the podium at the time.
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