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Justin Bieber: Who's fooling who?

The teen pop sensation is reportedly the new host of MTV’s Punk’d – but will his own penchant for embarrassing gaffes overshadow the show’s pranks?

TEENAGE CANADIAN SUPERSTAR Justin Bieber is having his name bandied about to host the new series of MTV’s hit prank show, Punk’d. The Chicago Sun-Times says a source at the ‘youth’ station told them that the new series, with Bieber at the head of it, has been given the green light by executives. Ashton Kutcher, the actor married to Demi Moore and former host of the show, is reported to be coming back as an executive producer.

They quote the unnamed MTV insider as saying that:

Ashton thinks he’s perfect and is the guy to pull in the younger, target demographic the show will need.

The Kutcher-fronted show ran from 2003 to 2007 and made the original host a star as he pulled elaborate practical jokes on celebrities while secret cameras filmed their reactions.

Pop star Bieber is just 16 and is famous for being discovered singing on YouTube and landing a massive record deal. His debut album went straight in at No.1 in the US charts and he is currently on a world tour that ends in December.

Unfortunately for Bieber, up to this point he has been the butt of more jokes than he has actually made. A year ago, a clip of a ”Good Day New York’ morning show host accidentally calling Bieber “Beaver” and referring to him as a “twerp” instead of a “tween” became a YouTube hit. Then a reporter from the show laughs when he says he believes in Santa Claus.

But his crowning glory came when he was interviewed on a TV show in New Zealand and said he didn’t know what the word ‘German’ was. At first it seemed he didn’t understand the host’s accent but when shown the word written down, he says: “We don’t say that in America”. Oh yes you do, Justin.

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