The Internet Just Realized Jamie Foxx Isn’t His Real Name

Jamie Foxx, host of the new show “Beat Shazam,” is trending right now, but not because of his latest gig. The actor’s real name isn’t Jamie Foxx, it’s Eric Marlon Bishop — and this revelation has hit the internet. Hard.

According to Twitter moments, the groundswell of bafflement spiked after Twitter user @_maccckiller posted a tweet with this realization, causing several others to share in her surprise.

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The reason for the name change? Jamie Foxx told David Letterman in 2014 that it was to get a leg up doing stand-up comedy early on in his career. Because women were usually called up first during open mics, he changed his name to be more gender-neutral so he would get called up earlier.

Yes, Jamie Foxx‘s birth name has been out there for quite a while. But, clearly, a lot of people didn’t know it until now.

Here are some of the best memes reacting to this mass realization:

@_maccckiller pic.twitter.com/7rOZyEd0YV

— • queen • (@xSHONTIx) May 29, 2017

@OohWee_itsVee how is one of his kids last named foxx and the other ones bishop pic.twitter.com/OGIiv4xJO6

— ????liz (@mfNEstan) May 29, 2017

When you find out that Jamie Foxx name is not really Jamie Foxx, it’s Eric Marlon Bishop. pic.twitter.com/1yVdPDzWrF

— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@keepit250) May 29, 2017

Jamie Foxx‘s real name is Eric pic.twitter.com/TZMMOfFfpp

— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 29, 2017

Just found out today that Jamie Foxx‘s real was Eric Marlon Bishop. pic.twitter.com/VOzXR4bHVP

— Joe Negan (@mynameisNegan) May 29, 2017

When Jamie Foxx‘s name isn’t Jamie Foxx pic.twitter.com/I4zMQK2GoQ

— TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) May 29, 2017

When you find out #JamieFoxx isn’t even his real name? pic.twitter.com/5zDJGjxn0k

— TV One (@tvonetv) May 29, 2017

Jamie Foxx will always be Jamie Foxx. Point. Blank. Period. pic.twitter.com/zjPeAOj12F

— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@Chiiiinnnnk) May 29, 2017

Jamie Foxx‘s real name is Eric Marlon Bishop???? pic.twitter.com/w7tTNrNxvL

— VOMAC NAS (@NasHatton) May 29, 2017

This how I felt when I found out @iamjamiefoxx name was Eric Bishop pic.twitter.com/P9yCzCu5cD

— AnthonyMichael (@AntzInHerPantz) May 30, 2017

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This led to searches on the real name of other celebrities, which led to more surprised reactions.

You mean to tell me Jamie Foxx, Whoopi Goldberg, and Bruno Mars AREN’T their real names??? What’s next? pic.twitter.com/vBrn2vxnKq

— Tylan LeDuff (@TylanLeDuff) May 29, 2017

Jamie Foxx– Eric Bishop
Bruno Mars- Peter Hernandez
Whoopi- Caryn Johnson
Ice-T- Tracy Marrow
Calvin Harris- Adam Wiles
Rihanna- Robyn Fenty pic.twitter.com/ARxeeOH67R

— Queng-Kun ???????? (@Pupuchie) May 29, 2017

@Pupuchie All of these real names ???? I feel so bamboozled pic.twitter.com/FUK82Hb7Hl

— ocean ???? (@sholarinco) May 30, 2017

@JVMVLG @Everythinglexus pic.twitter.com/PjKZBeaL2e

— mymy3000 ???????????? (@_bawwsy) May 29, 2017

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But some pointed out that it’s not all that surprising, given that celebrities have been changing their names for years.

To the ones who thought Jamie Foxx name was really Jamie Foxx pic.twitter.com/aZNYvQcP4M

— D.T. (@Darlene26811165) May 29, 2017

Y’all tripping because Jamie Foxx ain’t his real name? I must be getting too old for twitter pic.twitter.com/BV0sdp59iP

— Mankin The Creator (@MankinCreates) May 29, 2017

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Jamie Foxx, host of the new show “Beat Shazam,” is trending right now, but not because of his latest gig. The actor’s real name isn’t Jamie Foxx, it’s Eric Marlon Bishop — and this revelation has hit the internet. Hard.

According to Twitter moments, the groundswell of bafflement spiked after Twitter user @_maccckiller posted a tweet with this realization, causing several others to share in her surprise.

The reason for the name change? Jamie Foxx told David Letterman in 2014 that it was to get a leg up doing stand-up comedy early on in his career. Because women were usually called up first during open mics, he changed his name to be more gender-neutral so he would get called up earlier.

Yes, Jamie Foxx‘s birth name has been out there for quite a while. But, clearly, a lot of people didn’t know it until now.

Here are some of the best memes reacting to this mass realization:

This led to searches on the real name of other celebrities, which led to more surprised reactions.

But some pointed out that it’s not all that surprising, given that celebrities have been changing their names for years.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Jamie Foxx to Host Interactive Game Show 'Beat Shazam' on Fox

Inside Drake's 'Summer Sixteen' Show in LA with Jamie Foxx, Ariel Winter, Austin Mahone (Photos)

Jamie Foxx's 'White Famous' Gets Showtime Pilot Order

Jamie Foxx's 'Sleepless' Nabs 2017 Release Date