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Here’s what happened when Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon went to couples counseling

This was a long time coming.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Sep 29, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 9:44 pm CDT

Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon’s tireless and longstanding late-night TV feud finally came to a head in a breakthrough therapy session Monday night. No, really.

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For 12 years now, Damon has been slated as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and almost every night Kimmel had to bump Damon because he ran out of time. (There was the one time that Damon took over the show, but those rewards are few and far in-between.) Their rivalry has been long-documented, but never like this. Kimmel taped their therapy session and aired it after Damon dressed up like Dr. Phil just to get onto the show.

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What did it reveal? Damon’s upset about being discarded every night while Kimmel doesn’t feel like Damon has the face or the body of a movie star. There’s plenty of verbal abuse and callbacks to years of bits—and it’s not pretty for them. For us, though, it’s great.

And while they manage to hug it out, don’t expect their truce to last very long.

If only they would’ve also addressed Damon’s other problematic comments.

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*First Published: Sep 29, 2015, 1:12 pm CDT