“So be kind, because it’s what you’re supposed to do in life,” he said.
It seems that this beef has been getting harder and harder to break free from the beginning. When Lemon was hired by CNN, Hill was the only other actor who had ever worked with him. “Superbad” was a low-key actor, but he had learned how to be himself and be someone who wasn’t known for his rude behavior. When Lemon was given the task of reporting on the Obama presidency, Hill showed his true colors. “I was the one who was asking the questions, not Superbad,” Lemon said. “He didn’t care if he was being rude or not, and I felt like I was the one who was being treated like a tool.”
It’s not like Hill was ever going to let Lemon off the hook, but he did italidly. “He was a tool,” Hill said of Lemon. “I didn’t care if he was being rude or not, I wanted to know the answer to the question. And I found out that he didn’t know my name until he told me.” It’s clear that this beef has been a mainstay of the internet for a while now, and it seems like they may have finally reached a boil.
Don Lemon and Jonah Hill’s 2012 beef all started with a bad first impression of the “Superbad” actor. “Said hi to @jonahhill in hotel. Think he thought i was bellman. Didn’t know his name til bellman told me. A lesson to always be kind,” he tweeted. Responding to a fan, Lemon answered, “He was a tool.” In a now-deleted tweet, Hill wrote, “@DonLemonCNN I said hi what do you want me to do move in with you? I was in a hurry. Didn’t realize you were a 12 year old girl. Peace.” Lemon clapped back by calling Hill “rude,” to which the actor claimed he shook hands with the CNN host and left. “Was waiting for luggage. Bellman & I laughed at how self-important u were. Just being honest. Be nice. Stardom is fleeting,” Lemon added, getting in the last word.
Lemon spoke about the incident on CNN the following day, explaining that he had just been covering the election and was held up at the airport for several long hours. “Listen, Jonah Hill doesn’t owe me anything and he may have been having a bad day, but Jonah Hill treated me like the help,” he shared (via TMZ). What did it for Lemon though, was Hill’s rudeness. “I had been taught by my mom to always be kind to people,” Lemon added. While he seemed to be done with the feud, it came up months later and Lemon addressed it yet again.