Billy Eichner Gets Bedazzled Beyoncé Overalls, Talks Meeting Royals at 'Lion King' Premiere On 'Kimmel': Watch

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Billy Eichner on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

She may be American royalty, but Billy Eichner revealed to Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night (July 18) that even his Lion King co-star Beyoncé got a bit anxious when the reboot movie's all-star cast met the royal family at the recent London premiere on July 14.

After Kimmel suggested that the comedian/actor was the real "number one" star of the Jon Favreau-directed re-imagining which also stars Keegan-Michael Key, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, John Oliver, Eric Andre and more, Eichner marveled at the fact that he's now definitely going to be "so rich" as well as a Happy Meal toy and two different stuffed animals.

Less than 24 hours after the British premiere, Eichner hustled to get to Jimmy Kimmel Live! and shared that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were also there, along with Sir Elton John, which was a lot. "We were all kind of nervous, even Beyoncé," Eichner said. "What makes you nervous is that in the days leading up to it they email you a protocol of how you're supposed to greet Prince Harry and Meghan and they are very intense about it." 

Suspecting that the "don't speak unless spoken to first" rule probably didn't apply to Jay-Z, Eichner said he got really squirrely when he and co-star Rogen were standing in line to greet the royals. "I got nervous because 'Your Royal Highness' sounds a little weird and bowing feels weird, I don't even know what they want you to do." But, after fearing that "Princess Markle" sounds like a Super Mario Brothers character, Eichner said the regal couple were lovely and he realized that he and Markle had actually both attended college at Northwestern University in Chicago as theater majors at the same time, which led to a "strange conversation" about their shared acting teachers.

Eichner still can't believe he gets to sing with Queen Bey on "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," the realization of a lifelong goal to sing in public after being a self-described "big fat, sweaty, gay Jewish Kid" who dreamed of Broadway stardom. To celebrate the moment, Kimmel gifted Billy with a bedazzled set of overalls that read "I'm on a song with...Beyonce."

He also talked about how he was genuinely "hurt" not to be asked to be appear in the video for Taylor Swift's anti-hate single "You Need to Calm Down," which he lamented features "literally every gay person on television was in the video...except for me...I was never called. I wasn't angry. Just hurt because I've been a proud gay man all my life until this video. I would've loved to have been in the video."

His revenge fantasy? Doing a video about "how great straight people are" with Brooks & Dunn.

Watch Eichner on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below.


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