It turns out the picture—which featured DeGeneres and Cooper alongside a ton of cheesing A-list actors like Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, and Lupita Nyong’o—was originally supposed to be taken by Streep herself, but Cooper got so caught up in the moment he missed the memo.
“You ruined it in the most perfect way,” DeGeneres explained to a laughing Cooper. “It was so funny, because the whole joke was… I was gonna try to get Meryl out of the picture to take the picture, and she wouldn’t be in it at all. And I kept trying to get her out of the picture, and you were like, ‘No, no, no! I got it!'”
So basically, Cooper got so excited about there being so many celebrities around, he ruined a joke about how there were so many celebrities around. Can you blame him?
Here’s the full clip:
The good news is, even though Ellen’s joke didn’t go according to plan, the tweet still famously broke Twitter. To date, it has more than 2 million favs and 3 million retweets.
So don’t feel too bad, Bradley.