Matt Damon has no plans to end his long-standing “feud” with Jimmy Kimmel as he called the late-night host a “bad” person at the premiere of his new movie, “Air.”
When asked by ET on Monday if he would ever consider burying the hatchet and moving on, Damon replied, “No, no, he’s an a–hole. Why would I ever do that?”
He continued, “He’s a terrible human being. He’s a demonstrably bad man.”
The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host walked the carpet a few paces behind Damon, while the “Jason Bourne” actor heckled him.
“Hey! I’d love to take a picture with you but we ran out of time!” he yelled to Kimmel, referencing the TV personality’s ongoing gag in which he apologizes to Damon at the end of every episode for running out of time to interview him.
Kimmel then told the outlet, “You know, I don’t know who that was, but yeah, I heard him. He was loud.”
When asked if the pair might consider reconciling, he responded, “I just can’t imagine it happening. I really can’t. I think we have Ben [Affleck] on tomorrow, so we’ll have that, but that will be as close as we get.”
The duo’s faux feud began in 2006 when Kimmel, 55, off-handedly joked that’d bumped Damon, 52, from an episode of his talk show.
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“We had a bad show … The guests were bad, and I was feeling pretty bad about myself at the end of the program,” Kimmel told NPR in 2013.
“And I decided to say, for the amusement of one of our producers who was standing next to me, ‘I want to apologize to Matt Damon. We ran out of time.’ And he got a kick out of it, the producer, so I just started doing it every night to amuse him.”
He explained that Damon was just the “first name that popped into [his] head,” and there was no particular reason why he chose him.
“I was trying to think of an A-list star, and somebody we absolutely would not bump if he was on the show,” he said.
“People laugh every time I say it. Repeating the same joke every single night, you’d think eventually people would get tired of it, but they don’t.”
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