A YouTuber in the U.K. is earning a wide range of online reactions after tricking several celebrities into appearing on a fake talk show.
Josh Pieters, who has become infamous for his elaborate online pranks, shared a video on May 1 in where he revealed that he’d convinced several famous people that they were appearing on an episode of “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
In the clip, Pieters interviews British celebrities over a video call, using old recordings from Corden’s show to simulate a real conversation. The YouTuber also got some help from his friend, Archie Manners, who pretended to be the show’s producer.
Manners, who set up the “interviews” with people like Grammy-winning musician Craig David, magician Julius Dein and “Love Island” it couple Molly-Mae and Tommy Fury, told the guests that Corden, calling in from his home, could see them on video. However, he managed to convince each of them that, for technical reasons, they could only hear his audio.
“Obviously, they’re filming [Corden] on the proper CBS cameras in his house,” Manners explains.
Pieters then conducted full interviews with each unknowing celebrity, simply by queuing up old clips of Corden asking questions on his show. Thanks to audio from a David Blaine performance on the “Late Late Show” Pieters even convinced Dein, the magician, to put on a full at-home magic routine.
“Alright welcome back to HomeFest. Alright now we’re gonna go to my favorite magician in the whole world,” the old clip of Corden says. “He’s here with us to do some magic … what kind of tricks have you got for us tonight?”
The stunt, which has earned hundreds of thousands of views between two videos, received both praise and criticism from YouTube users. Many said that Pieters, who has a history of pushing his pranks to elaborate extents, was going too far.
“This is just sad, what have these people ever done to you? what’s the point of wasting their time, making them disappointed and probably embarrassed that they weren’t actually on the show?” one user commented.
“[Pieters] is gonna get sued one of these days but until then, we need more of this asap,” another added.
Others were less upset by the idea and argued that, despite the embarrassment, the celebrities were still getting some kind of exposure.
“To be fair, they did get interviewed and plenty of people are going to see it,” one user commented.
Just a few days after his “Late Late Show” prank, Pieters went viral for a similar stunt, in which he tricked “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin into her first public interview since the Netflix documentary aired.
This time, Pieters used audio from old episodes of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to convince Baskin she was appearing on Fallon’s show.
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