You might say it was always there.
And it might have been. Right there in front of you since the first joke, but it is only now, afterwards that it is apparent.
But again for someone like this, it is said that you pay attention not to what or how they say, but to what they do.
So, does it even count to ask about their intentions now that the legitimacy of the answer is still inconsistent?
But also, is it unfair to ask, why is it that you care?