Michael B. Jordan had an awkward red-carpet encounter with a reporter who used to be his classmate back in high school.
The actor ran into his former New Jersey school friend, Lore’l, at a recent screening of his new movie, Creed III, in Atlanta – and the actor used the opportunity to call out the Morning Hustle host for past comments she made about him on a podcast.
As Lore’l introduced him to her audience at home, mentioning they used to go to school together in Newark, Jordan unexpectedly blurted out: “[I was] the corny kid, right?”
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The host appeared taken aback as she attempted to laugh it off and explain: “I did not say that! [I was] misquoted, for sure.” But Jordan was adamant.
“I heard it,” he insisted.
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She tried to move along the interview by saying, “But yeah, he is obviously killing things out here” and they proceeded to discuss his new film. But after a brief two minutes talking about the movie and his career, Lore’l wrapped the interview by saying, “Well, you’re not corny anymore.”
The comment appeared to irritate Jordan, who ignored it and walked away.
According to Complex magazine, Lore’l made the “corny” comment back in 2021 along with co-host Eva Marcille and Dominique da Diva on their The Undressing Room podcast.
While discussing Jordan’s then-relationship with model Lori Harvey, the trio concluded that Jordan seemed like “a nice, corny guy” after he took Harvey to an aquarium and gifted her Hermès stock certificates that Valentine’s Day.
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Lore’l then shared her experience with him growing up, admitting she and their peers would make fun of him because his name was the same as Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.
“You know what’s so crazy? I went to school with Michael B. Jordan at a point in life,” Lore’l said on the episode. “And to be honest with you, we teased him all the damn time because his name was Michael Jordan. Let’s start there, and he was no Michael Jordan.”
“And he also would come to school with a headshot. We lived in Newark, that’s the hood. We would make fun of him like, ‘What you gonna do with your stupid headshot!?’ And now look at him!”
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