4 years ago, Dakota Johnson confronted Ellen DeGeneres. Now let’s re-examine what really happened.

This is the line that launched a million memes, but it was the next part that spoke volumes about the truly frosty dynamic between Johnson and the talk show host. 

“Last time I was on the show, last year, you gave me a bunch of s**t about not inviting you, but I didn’t even know you wanted to be invited,” the actor said. “I didn’t even know you liked me.”

Ellen shakily replied, “Of course I like you. You knew I liked you! You’ve been on the show many times and don’t I show like?”

Dakota got back to the subject at hand: the party.

“I did invite you and you didn’t come… ask everybody,” she said, before getting confirmation from Ellen’s producers that Ellen had been invited and she couldn’t attend.

After some back and forth, Ellen finally admitted defeat and simply said, “I had a thing!” 

There’s a lot about this entire scene that has taken it from a mere awkward moment and elevated it to the realms of pop culture history: the coy smile from Dakota, an unflappable Ellen getting clearly frazzled, and the fact that the entire conversation went down in front of a backdrop of Christmas trees and festive decoration.

It was perfect. No notes. Merry Christmas. 

And oh boy, it caused quite a stir online in 2019.

Now, four years on, it still stands as one of the most quoted celebrity phrases of all time. 

“Actually, no – that’s not the truth, Ellen,” will never stop being funny.