" 'Gravity' is nominated for best film," Fey quipped. "It's the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age."
The 52-year-old wasn't at the Golden Globes to absorb the punchline firsthand, so a cut to costar Sandra Bullock, 49, laughing hysterically with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron had to a suffice.
That is, until now.
"Well, listen, here's the thing. It's a well-crafted joke, I can appreciate that," he told "Access Hollywood" of the jocular ribbing.
"They have poked the bear with a stick. Oh, they have poked the bear," he added. "I don't want to scare Amy or Tina — I don't want them to be afraid at all — but, uh, they've poked the bear."
You know, the big foxy bear isn't to be messed with. But we enjoy these exchanges far too much to see them cease, and apparently so did his costar.
At the Critics' Choice Awards a few days after the Globes, Bullock won the lead actress accolade and courteously thanked her eclipsing costar in her acceptance speech.
"I'd like to thank George Clooney for floating away and not coming back," she quipped.
To that, Clooney said, "There's going to be some payback."