Almost two years ago, a then-17-year-old Billie Eilish made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Jimmy Kimmel, then 52, insisted on quizzing Billie about pop culture moments from 1984, the year he was seventeen. During the quiz Billie revealed she didn’t know who Van Halen was, the audience laughed, and later she joked “You’re makin’ me look so dumb.” The moment went viral. A couple of weeks later Billie won an award, and during her acceptance speech she lightly shaded Jimmy with: “Thank you for not making me look stupid, like everybody else wants to do on TV.”
Last night Billie returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live for the first time since 2019, and she called out Jimmy for the Van Halen incident. She asked if he remembered the last time she was on the show when he made her look “a little stupid.” Jimmy started to defend himself, but Billie assured him that she actually thought it was funny. Then Billie turned the tables on Jimmy and tried to quiz him on Gen-Z shit. After failing one question, Jimmy quickly cut to commercial. I guess he was desperate to empty out his geriatric bladder.
Here’s the interaction:
Billie: Really quick. Do you remember last time I was here?
Billie: And you made me look a little stupid?
Jimmy: Well, uh, yeah, accidentally. I didn’t do it on purpose.
Billie: No, but I thought it was funny cuz I was playing along and everybody thought I was actually serious and didn’t know anything.
Jimmy recalled that what happened on her last appearance, and Billie repeated, “It was funny, I really didn’t care.” Then she tried to think of a young person question she could stump Jimmy with, and finally said, “Mommy? Sorry, sorry. Mommy?”
The audience laughed, Jimmy laughed cluelessly, and then he cut to commercial. Billie is referencing the TikTok Mommy trend, which is often used to express attraction to women (I think as the female-version of “daddy”, but don’t quote me):
Here’s the interview with Billie. She calls Jimmy out around the 7:45 mark:
Billie may have claimed she was playing into the whole “this kid doesn’t know their music history” bit, but… was she? Girl doesn’t even know who JLo is! Before her time, I guess.