Billie Eilish Gets Revenge On Jimmy Kimmel for Awkward 2019 Interview: “You Made Me Look a Little Stupid”
When she’s away from you, Jimmy Kimmel, Billie Eilish is happier than ever. Last night, the Grammy-winning songstress visited Jimmy Kimmel Live to hash out an old feud with the talk show host. Recalling her visit in 2019, Eilish confronted Kimmel about an infamous music quiz that inspired backlash against the artist online.
During her interview segment on the show, Eilish didn’t hesitate to bring up old blood with the host. “Remember last time I was here?” Eilish probed.
“Yeah,” Kimmel said.
“And you made me look a little stupid,” Eilish recalled, with Kimmel cutting in to say it was accidental. “I thought it was funny, because I was playing along. Everybody thought I was actually serious and didn’t know everything. Here’s your quiz, okay.”
In the clip, Kimmel starts questioning Eilish on popular music stars: she knows Madonna, but when Van Halen comes up, Eilish responds, “Who?” She also doesn’t seem to know Huey Lewis, Run-D.M.C., or other old pop culture concepts like the Cabbage Patch Dolls. (Some of her responses seem like clever sarcasm, though.)
“As I recall, you were unfamiliar with Van Halen,” Kimmel said.
“I did know, yes — there were a lot of things you asked, and I was like, ‘I don’t know,’” Eilish recalled.
“And then everyone dropped down your throat, like, ‘Oh, what!’” Kimmel said, remembering the backlash against the star.
But Eilish has gotten over her beef with Kimmel, stating that she didn’t really care when the clip went viral and folks were at her throat over a lack of music knowledge. Still, it was time for Kimmel to pay for his roast — Eilish gave him a music quiz of his own.
“Do you know—” Eilish began before erupting in a fit of laughter. “Wait, who has a better idea? Mommy? Sorry, Mommy?”
Kimmel said he didn’t, and with that, the quiz had ended. Still, after the commercial break, Eilish had the last laugh when Kimmel allowed her to check off one of her top bucket list goals: punch someone. That’s right, Eilish got back at Kimmel for that awkward 2019 interview by punching him in the chest.
“I think you should punch me, because I’m probably the strongest person here,” Kimmel suggested, reading off the bucket list. “Don’t hold back. Just go ahead. I’m like a SEAL, I’m telling you. I’m only worried — yeah, hit me as hard as you want in the stomach. I promise.”
“Well, the goal was for the face, but I’m not going to do that to you,” Eilish said before sinking her punch straight into Kimmel’s abdomen.
Revenge is served!
Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights on ABC at 11:35/10:35c. Scroll up to watch the full segment from last night’s episode.