Esquire cover star Steve Carell stopped by The Tonight Show before his hosting gig at Saturday Night Live this weekend, where he told the story of the first time he met Kelly Clarkson, 13 years after famously screaming her name in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
“She is the best,” Carell said of when he saw her at an award show earlier this year. “My wife and I saw her and we had to go over to her, and we kind of accosted her and said hi.”
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Jimmy Fallon points out that it was her name he screamed in during his iconic waxing scene.
“I thought she would be mad at me about that. And I wasn’t sure because I never met her over those years,” Carell explained. “I don’t know. Is he making fun of me? Why would he say that in anguish? Incidentally I love Kelly Clarkson. I’m a big fan and that’s part of the reason.”
He went on to explain how sometimes random people on the street would scream Kelly Clarkson at him.
Certainly, the only way to make everything right in the world is for Kelly Clarkson to release a song called Steve Carell.