Lil Rel Howery appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this past Wednesday where he shared his thoughts on R. ‘The Pied Piper’ Kelly!
Four minutes into interview the conversation turned in the comedian’s dislike for the R&B singer. Rel explains he’s never been fond of Kelly or his music because of an on-set experience he had early in his career.
Rel via Jimmy Kimmel after being asked about his first acting gig:
“It wasn’t necessarily acting but I did stand-in work for R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet series. I did stand-in for the cop, Michael K. Williams, and my brother—this is a true story—I got them to hire him to do stand-in work for the little guy, but he’s not a little guy. He’s, like, five-eight. The little guy was walking around like ‘This is my stand-in? You couldn’t find nobody like me?'”
Adding that watching the finished product was “surreal”, noting that “for years” people in his life always questioned him on why he he wasn’t fond of R. Kelly.
“And it’s because of that experience on set. There was another stand-in, a young lady that was actually one of his background dancers too for a couple of his tours. We were just talking the whole time, getting to know each other, laughing, and having a good time. But every time she laughed, I found him just, like, staring at me. So we come back to set the next day right and she’s not talking to us at all, right? At all!”
Eventually Rel approached the woman about her change in behavior.
“I pulled her to the side and I’m like ‘Yo, did I do something?’ and she was like ‘Nah, he doesn’t want me talking to y’all’ and I was like ‘Who?’ and she’s like ‘Robert!’ . . . So she didn’t talk to us the rest of the time we were filming it and it was just, like, it was just crazy and I remember him smirking about it.”
Once Rel’s career popped of he ended running into Kelz at John Singleton’s birthday party, which made him dislike Kelz even more:
“I guess he wanted to meet me and he sent somebody to me and we were all in this VIP area . . . ‘Man, I’m good. That’s a true story. I’m like ‘I’m good’ and the thing about it is, it wasn’t even about the allegations with me. He was so extra like that sometimes and I ain’t like that. Everybody knows I’m from the West Side of Chicago and I own who I am. That’s too much, bro. Just come speak to me, fam.”
Watch a Snippet of the interview below:
What’s your 2 cents?!