Jason Bateman Said He ‘Almost Knocked Down’ Michael Jackson While Biking At Universal Studios In The ’80s


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Jason Bateman attends the ‘Ozarks’ Season 4 Premiere on April 21, 2022. Michael Jackson at his Pepsi event on March 1, 1988.Cindy Ord/FilmMagic; Michael Oakes Archive/Getty Images

  • Jason Bateman said he was almost run over by Michael Jackson while riding his bike as a kid.

  • The actor shared his childhood story by appearing on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ On Friday.

  • Bateman, who started his career as a child actor, said he was riding horses around Universal Studios at the time.

Jason Bateman says he was almost run over by Michael Jackson while riding his bike around Universal Studios as a kid.

The “Ozark” star shared an anecdote by appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Friday. During his interview, Kimmel rattled off celebrity names from the 1980s and asked if he had met Bateman. Bateman began his career as a child actor on “Little House on the Prairie” in 1981. According to IMDb.

When Kimmel named Jackson, Bateman told him that he and fellow child star Ricky Schroeder had bumped into the singer while filming NBC’s sitcom “Silver Spoon” at Universal Studios. The actor said he had a bicycle on set because “the kids have to play with it.”

Bateman pointed out that Jackson was on set to meet Schroeder, and shot the audience with an uneasy look. Child Sex Abuse Allegations Filed Against SingerAfter the audience reacted to the story, Bateman sarcastically said that Jackson was “a fan of the show and a fan of Ricker.”

“He came on stage while we were zooming off and oh, I almost beat him,” he concluded.

Bateman still hangs out with celebrities on his podcast, SmartLess, which he hosts with Sean Hayes and Will Arnett.David Letterman, their live episode in new york February — But Bateman was confident the comedian wouldn’t remember him from his appearance on Letterman’s talk show.

“[Letterman] “Well, you really left your mark on that show.”

The “Arrested Development” actor added that he was “mortified” when Letterman told him that he had been talking to him too much and the show had to cut back on the amount of time it went to commercials.

“They couldn’t book a second guest. I was a double block guest,” he said.

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