In a hilarious spoof on her eponymous talk show on Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres "took a call" from the British songstress on an ancient cell phone, filling in the other half of the conversation in the song.
"The connection’s bad, did you say you’re eating beets?" DeGeneres asks, munching on potato chips as she struggles to understand the crooner.
"It might be easier to hear you if you stop playing that piano," she offers at one point.
"I was so amazed. Everyone said, 'Lionel, Adele is doing your song Hello,' and I said, 'No she's not,' and all of a sudden I heard 'Hello,'" Richie told DuJour at a celebration for the singer’s home decor collection on Wednesday.
"Even though she didn't cover the song, [just] the word Hello, automatically everyone called me on the phone and said 'she used Hello,' and I said, 'Well, I kind of own Hello,'" Richie continued. "But not to the point where it's any kind of problem. I'll loan 'Hello' to Adele."