Chance The Rapper Is Hosting A Reboot Of Punk'd, If That's What You're Into

31 January 2020
Culture, Music, Film, Chance the Rapper, Punk'd, MTV
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Should have been Pimp My Ride

Say what you want about Chance the Rapper. From the questionable musical moves he made on his first full-length album to his talent show judging debut on Netflix's Rhythm + Flow, every choice he makes is thoroughly, well, Chance the Rapper.

Chance is one of the few rappers now at the point where, unless he were caught up in a huge scandal, he remains wholesome and pure enough to endear himself to just about any hip-hop fan. And it's something that allows him to make some pretty perplexing choices. Would you, for instance, be particularly intrigued or surprised by the concept of Chance hosting the reboot of a noughties-era prank show? If your answer to either was no (or yes, for that matter), too bad. Because apparently it's happening.

We all remember Punk'd — a show that alongside Jack@$$ and Next was one of the defining titles of MTV's last golden era of TV before it descended into repeats of Teen Mom, detestable reality shows and news bulletins only watched by bored people on train platforms. Well, apparently keen to tap into the collective sense of nostalgia that's seeing people flock in their droves to just about every reboot, remake and remaster released in popular culture in 2020, MTV are bringing Punk'd back, this time with Chance as host instead of a coke'd up Ashton Kutcher.

A video shared by Chano himself has even revealed the show's first victim, and at this point it's probably worth noting just what Punk'd used to get up to during the days of Ashton Kutcher and his trucker cap, from convincing Justin Timberlake that his house was being repossessed, to conning Lindsay Lohan into believing that her limo driver has missed the birth of his own baby because of her.

This time, the unwitting celebrity is hip-hop singer-songwriter Megan Thee Stallion — who's scared shitless by a man in an obviously fake gorilla suit while excitable puppet master Chance jumps around yelling into a walkie-talkie.

Apparently, the show will debut and air exclusively on short-form video streaming platform... Quibi? Quiba? Quibble? Quibi. Never heard of it either.

"Punk’d is one of MTV’s most iconic franchises," said Chance about the reboot. "I grew up watching the show so it’s surreal to be in the driver’s seat this time around on Quibi."

Apparently it'll hit mobile screens from April 6, where it'll release in 10 minute video segments.


Via GQ Australia