Ashton Kutcher Punks CNN & Ted Turner
First Published: May 14, 2009 12:35 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Twitter king and “Punk’d” star Ashton Kutcher said he would prank CNN and its founder Ted Turner after he beat the cable network to 1 million Twitter followers – and he pulled it off on Wednesday night.
The actor, wife Demi Moore and more than 100 fans descended on the Atlanta offices of the cable news channel Wednesday night and unfurled a banner with his Twitter name, @aplusk, over CNN’s neon logo sign, the news channel’s Web site reported.
“You know, CNN lost. That’s what happened,” Ashton told a crowd of more than 100 fans who came along to watch the shenanigans. “I’m just fulfilling a promise I made… that I’d do this thing and I’m doing it.”
In April, the actor beat CNN to 1 million Twitter followers and donated 10,000 mosquito bed nets to charity for World Malaria Day. He also vowed to “ding-dong-ditch” Ted Turner, which Ashton said would require a little creativity.
“Ted doesn’t really have an accessible home, and Ted doesn’t really have an accessible doorbell,” he told the crowd.
Earlier on Wednesday, Ashton and his Tweeps showed up at Ted’s Montana Grill, which is named after the media mogul, and stacked hundreds of boxes of Ding Dongs in front of the restaurant. Ashton and his Twitter pals then repeatedly rang a bell.
“Don’t be shy, get involved,” Ashton reportedly told the crowd from the top of a U-Haul van filled with boxes of the Hostess treat. “There are 800 boxes of Ding Dongs. There are approximately 9,600 Ding Dongs here. We have to deliver these to Ted!”
And of course, Ashton chronicled the entire event on his Twitter account, writing, “I want to thank all of my twitter peeps especially the atl tweeps that came out to help.”
According to Ashton’s Twitter, homeless Atlanta residents enjoyed the Dings Dongs after the prank.
To see footage of Ashton’s pranking CNN and Ted Turner, check out his uStream page, HERE!
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