The Office creators respond to Billie Eilish sampling the show in new song
Billie Eilish is having a fairly great 2019.
The rise of Billie Eilish has been one of the biggest success stories of the year so far, when it comes to the music industry.
12 months ago, she was still somewhat of a big name in certain circles, but you would definitely be forgiven for never having heard any of her music.
Now, one of the biggest names on the Electric Picnic lineup for this summer's festival, we're sure you've heard of her by now.
And one of her best known songs is 'My Strange Addiction', from her debut LP, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Two things came to mind when fans heard the song: 1) It's a banger, and 2) it sampled a classic scene from The US Office.
Clip via Shadow Music
Speaking about the scene that was sampled, Eilish told MTV News: "When we made the beat for ‘My Strange Addiction,’ it reminded me of the song they play when they do the Scarn dance.
"I thought that was really funny, so we literally just ripped the audio from Netflix and put it in the song, not at all thinking that they would say yes to it and we’d be able to put it out. Also, it’s about strange addictions, and The Office is mine, so..."
And the creators of The US Office have since responded to the news.
B.J. Novak, the show's writer and executive producer, who also played Ryan Howard on the series, told Rolling Stone:
"They had to get approval of all the cast that was on it. I was fine with it regardless, but I was like 'Wow, bonus: This is a banger.'
"One of the funnier meta jokes is that, in Michael Scott’s delusion, of course this would become sampled on a Number One album and done at touchdown end zone dances. You know in Michael Scott’s delusional fantasy this would happen, and in a way it did in the real world."
The perfect response.
Meanwhile, Daniel Chun, co-executive producer of Season 7, also weighed in:
"Until you told me about her, I didn’t know who she was. It’s not a knock on Billie Eilish, it’s more a commentary on how old I am. It was a real double whammy, learning someone’s existence and then learning that they used [the episode]. I looked at the song and I loved it. It’s great."