When he realized what was about to happen, though, he made sure to do what he needed to get a selfie, elbows and all.
"I can't believe this", he said.
The performance video then cut to Ryan and, as we all saw, the moment was immortalized forever.
The two briefly chatted about the memes that surfaced shortly after, which showed the 13-year-old distracted by his phone while Timberlake performed "Can't Stop the Feeling".
"It's nice to meet you, finally", Timberlake said.
DeGeneres also announced that the National Football League gave them a ideal experience with the New England Patriots. "But we had no idea Justin was going to be there". "I got myself there, I pushed through".
Once there, McKenna struggled to get his phone to work to capture the selfie seen around the world.
They talked about the Patriots (Ryan is a hardcore fan), his terribly slow iPhone 6, and how Ryan's dad surprised him with tickets just weeks before the big game. "It just shut off".
Then DeGeneres dropped the bomb. "I'm sure he'll send you money", she said. McKenna was then further overwhelmed when Timberlake presented his gift to him: The singer said he wants to properly meet McKenna, so he and his got VIP passes to the MA stop of his Man Of The Woods tour (and the National Football League also gave them a nice package of goodies that includes tickets and special access to a Patriots home game next season). "Do you have anything for him, Justin?". The boy broke down, overwhelmed by the reveal, then Timberlake told McKenna that he wanted to personally invite him and his family to see his show at Boston's TD Garden.
As if that weren't enough, the National Football League gifted the McKenna family with a "VIP experience" to a New England Patriots home game next season, as well as four tickets to a game and four pre-game field passes.