Celebrity feuds are fun to watch, but it’s even funnier when you know that the feud is fake. Apparently, many of the famous feuds we have seen on social media are both intentional and staged for the purpose of publicity and viewership.
Some of reported fights which are said to be fake include the drama between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Madonna, and more. But today, we are not looking for these attention-seeking fights. What we’re going to focus on are fake fights that are so funny, they have now become running gags!
Here are the best 4 we found!
1. Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon
The hilarious fake feud between Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon is one of the things that people look forward to when they go to Kimmel’s show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. The drama has lasted for more than 10 years, but did people ever get tired of it? Never!
The whole thing started during the 3rd season of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” when Kimmel off-handedly ended a bad show by apologising to Damon for bumping him from the show. In an interview with NPR, Kimmel explained they had a bad show that night, so to brighten the room, he said “I want to apologise to Matt Damon. We ran out of time”, and everyone loved it including the producers. So he started saying that same line every night to end his show.
“Matt Damon was just the first name that popped into my head. I was trying to think of an A-list star, and somebody we absolutely would not bump if he was on the show. … The legs on this bit are unbelievable to me. I mean, 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.”
Matt Damon had completely no idea what was going on as he wasn’t part of the gag initially. In 2006, Matt Damon finally came to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for the first time, and Kimmel managed to explain everything to Damon backstage. From then on, they decided to continue this faux feud and now it’s a running joke at “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, and sometimes they even bring it outside of the show like at the “Oscars” and “Ellen”.
With that one simple joke, Kimmel and Damon are now best friend, and sometimes, their gag will also include Damon’s best pal Ben Affleck who’s usually the middle person between these 2.
2. Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman
Actors Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman have known each other for more than 10 years. The 2 celebrities turn from colleague to best friends ever since they both starred together in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in 2009.
However, their hilarious banter reportedly started in 2015 when Reynolds was shooting the famous Marvel movie “Deadpool” and it has been ongoing since! The 2 buddies have been trolling each other both on and off social media, and fans are loving their fake feud to the point that many requested for a Wolverine VS Deadpool movie.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 2, 2018
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 2, 2018
Reynolds even took the feud into his movie “Deadpool” and its sequel where he constantly makes fun of Jackman’s famous Marvel character “Wolverine”. The 2 actors even used this running joke to promote each other’s movies and brands when they have the chance, but always in a sarcastic manner.
Last year, when Ellen DeGeneres asked Reynolds about the possibility of Jackman making a cameo in his movie “Deadpool”, he said, “I would love to do a Deadpool, Wolverine mashup at some point, some kind of Logan thing. I don’t know. He’s on this kick ball change kick right now. I can’t seem to bring him back. I can’t seem to bring him back to the violence and mayhem. I’m trying. I talk to him every other day. Every other, other day he takes the call. But yeah, no, it’s not really a rivalry. It’s war.”
In February 2019, the Marvel actors finally decided to call a truce where the 2 of them agreed to each create an advertisement for both of their respective beverage brands. However, the video didn’t end exactly how they think it would.
3. Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson
The bromance between Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson began after the duo acted together in 2016 action comedy “Central Intelligence”, and it continued on in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”.
During the filming of “Central Intelligence”, Johnson admitted that he and Hart have incredible chemistry together, whether it’s off or onscreen. “Since working with him I can honestly tell you that I’ve never had this type of brotherly chemistry with anyone that I’ve worked with and it’s a cool thing. If we never do another movie again, then I know I got a brother for life who I have this crazy chemistry with.”
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To my beloved son, @kevinhart4real Twinkle Twinkle little Hart I just don’t know where to start Daddy will always love and protect your tiny little soul Even though you were delivered directly out of the butthole. #Shhhh #JustShutYourLittleMouth #AndGoNightNight #OnDaddysPecMeat
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Long talk with this little big jackass last night about the business & how hard we work & setting new goals for ourselves and also making 2018 possibly our biggest year yet. He got so excited because we started talking about Jumanji 2 & doing another movie together that I had to pop him in the mouth and tell him to shut the fuck up! The bottom line his that Kids will be Kids….I’m taking him to Disney land today to apologize. Good morning world HAPPY TUESDAY 😂😂😂😂 #HardestWorkersInTheRoom #MyGuy #TheInternetIsUndefeated ….He’s also a slobbering baby which is annoying as hell…I think it’s the protein shakes 😂😂😂 ….Also my post is funnier because you can tell that I just smacked the shit out of him in this photo. He’s also the first baby born in the world with grey hair. We are going to make a shit load of money together #HeWontStopDinkingMilk #HisNickNameIsBabyBigHead 😂😂😂 #Revenge 😂😂
Due to their close relationship, the pair often troll each other on social media such as Photoshopping memes on one another, leaving sarcastic remarks on each other’s posts, and pranking each other during press junkets, TV interviews, movie sets, in the gym – basically every single time when they got the chance to see each other.
The long-running fake feud between the stars goes back years and is well-documented on social media, and needless to say, fans of both stars are totally amused by their brotherly banter.
Furthermore, many people see the pair as friendship goals as they always tell people how much they love and respect each other
4. Conan O’Brien and Jordan Schlansky
If you’ve been following Conan O’Brien’s talk show “Conan”, you would know that one of his most famous skits involve his stoic and expressionless associate producer Jordan Schlansky who shared an odd frenemy relationship with O’Brien.
Many times on “Conan”, O’Brien often complains about his associate producer Schlansky’s weird behaviour and attitude in the office. O’Brien always claimed that he has no idea what Schlansky’s job entails as a producer on the show, and Schlansky often explains that his job consists of “various production-related tasks”, which nobody understands what it means.
The main reason why many people love it when O’Brien is paired with Schlansky – even more so than O’Brien’s sidekick, Andy Richter – is because of Schlansky’s robotic demeanor and awkward personality which works perfectly with O’Brien’s outgoing and loud characteristics.
Schlansky’s way of interacting and responding are so weird that a lot of people questioned if he’s even a real person, and many times O’Brien has to clarify to people that Schlansky is indeed a real person, and that is how he usually behaves in real life.
O’Brien and Schlansky may look like they don’t really like each other, but the truth is, the twosome have been colleagues since 1996. So they weren’t on good terms, they wouldn’t have stayed together for more than 2 decades right?