Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel’s very long-standing “feud” goes way back again. 

The A-record actor has been the butt of a joke on Kimmel’s late evening clearly show for about two a long time. Every single night, Kimmel jokes that Damon’s guest visual appeal on the exhibit was bumped and says a thing like, “Apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time.”

The joke spawned a pretend feud and even a friendship, as the “Jason Bourne” actor says he did not even know Kimmel when he 1st started generating the comments.



Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel attend Sport 5 of the Boston Purple Sox v. Los Angeles Dodgers Entire world Collection on Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.

“People started off to get in touch with me and request like, ‘Hey, what is your connection to this guy?’ And I’d in no way fulfilled Jimmy,’” Damon uncovered on SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Show” on Tuesday. “He pretty much pulled my name out of slender air a single night.” 

“And the way he advised me this story, he stated he experienced like a, he said ‘I had a ventriloquist and a person in a gorilla match as my guests. And I just said kind of as a throw away, my apologies to Matt Damon when we ran out of time,’ but he could have reported Brad Pitt,” Damon explained.

“He could’ve mentioned, you know, George [Clooney] ― he could have reported somebody else. But he just, for some explanation, perhaps I experienced a film out that week or one thing, but he just said my title,” the star additional. “And it modified the training course of both equally of our life. We have saved this a feud going for, you know, it’s gotta be 15 many years now. I have had a ton of pleasurable carrying out it.” 

Kimmel has previously spoken about what led to him buying Damon’s name on the demonstrate many several years in the past, telling NPR in 2013 that the joke simply created his producer laugh. 

“I made the decision to say, for the amusement of 1 of our producers who was standing up coming to me, ‘I want to apologize to Matt Damon. We ran out of time,’” Kimmel stated. “And he acquired a kick out of it ― the producer ― so I just begun doing it every night time to amuse him.” 

“Matt Damon was just the initially identify that popped into my head,” the comedian stated. “I was making an attempt to imagine of an A-list star, and anyone we completely would not bump if he was on the present.”

The joke has labored so well, Kimmel just stored utilizing it. 

“The legs on this little bit are unbelievable to me. I necessarily mean, individuals chuckle each individual time I say it,” he advised NPR. “Repeating the same joke just about every one evening, you’d consider at some point men and women would get exhausted of it, but they really don’t.”