While a lot has changed in the 20 years that “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” has been on the air, Matt Damon’s “feud” with the late-night host is not one of them.
Kimmel wrapped up a special 20th anniversary episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday with another snub at his friend-enemy Damon, prompting the Cambridge native to vandalize a green room and a cake with Kimmel’s face on it.
“I want to apologize to Matt Damon,” Kimmel said. “We’re out of time for him, but we’ll definitely try to work with him sometime in the next 20 years.”
“What the hell actually?” Damon yelled, before tearing down a banner and smashing a vase and a bottle of champagne. “What the hell? Twenty fucking years of this shit. This is fucking dumb. Fuck Kimmel.”
Before Damon’s backstage meltdown, Kimmel played a video montage of celebrity friends wishing the host well. Along with Michelle Obama, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Shaquille O’Neal, Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey, some actors with local ties also appeared in the video tribute.
First, Newton native John Krasinski (along with his wife Emily Blunt) played dumb, pretending he thought the tribute was for Kimmel’s 20th birthday. Then came the Ben Affleck tribute.
“Jimmy, you are nothing but an enormous talent, and to this day, my only friend who has written aAffleck said.
Finally, the montage ended with Damon. After beginning the clip congratulating “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, Damon’s tone changed when someone offstage said the video was for Kimmel.
“Is it for Jimmy Kimmel?” Damon said. “Not. To hell with that guy. F*** him. You fucking piece of shit. Boo. Boo! Booooo!”
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