Chris Harrison, Ryan Seacrest and More Celeb Pranksters on April Fool's Day 2018

The Bachelor host pranks the American Idol audience on April Fool's Day

By Meg Swertlow Apr 02, 2018 2:28 AMTags
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Jokes on you, fools!

Celebs loooooove to hit up social media on the first of April to play April Fool's jokes on the world—and most of us get tricked every time!

But how did this April Fool's business of tricking the ones you love most even start? Well it's got a pretty long history and the origin of April Fool's is widely disputed. Some say the concept of April foolishness goes back to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. In 1508, French poet Eloy d'Amerval referred to a poisson d’avril (which literally meant "Fish of April") and is possibly the first reference to the April Fool's celebration in France. Some writers suggest that April Fools' originated because some cultures celebrated New Year's Day on March 25 and those that celebrated the New Year on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated on other dates.

Who knew all that?! Well, whatever the origin story may be, these days April foolishness amounts to celebs who aren't pregnant announcing they're expecting a bun in the oven, a TV host switcheroo, and a statement that Netflix has taken over the mind of a famous actor...

Check out 2018's April Fool Day's celebrity pranksters...

Chris Harrison and Ryan Seacrest: The hosts with the most had some fun tonight with American Idol's studio audience when they switched things up and had The Bachelor host intro Ryan's longtime gig. 

The show started with dramatic music and Harrison's voice over, "Tonight there will be drama. There will be tears. Who will stay? Who will go home broken-hearted? It's all coming up on tonight's American Idol.

Seacrest then jumped in, "I appreciate the effort, but it's: This is American Idol.

This is April Fool's," said Harrison.

"Chris, my final rose. Goodbye," said Seacrest and handed the host a rose before he left the stage. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda: Theater Mania tweeted that there would be Broadway musical of The Room by the Hamilton creator. The publication wrote, "EXCLUSIVE: We have the official cast and song list for @Lin_Manuel's TOMMY WISEAU'S THE ROOM: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL.

Miranda, who is obviously not doing such a thing, went along with the joke, "This is all VERY premature, we'll try it out of town in San Francisco."

Miranda later tweeted, "So this was a great joke and all (WELL DONE @theatermania & @avb I take no credit) but WE REALLY DID watch The Room while workshopping Hamilton at Vassar."


Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham: The Bachelor star sparked some serious backlash when he posted on Twitter and Instagram Stories a photo of a woman sporting a baby bump, writing, "Secrets finally out, we have a bunny in the oven! @laurenburnham91." He followed it up by writing, "APRIL FOOL'S!"

Many people interpreted his photo as an April Fool's joke even before he shared his second post and slammed Arie for being insensitive and even cruel towards women and couples struggling with infertility.

"With the number of people who struggle to get pregnant/miscarry, you post this s--t?" tweeted @meaghannotmegan. "You of all people should understand this is a gross joke to make."

"Come on. Be better than that," tweeted @kedixo. "It's not a joke for many struggling families to get pregnant, it's extremely expensive and it's heartbreaking. I wish nothing but the best for Arie and Lauren but this is not funny, it's cruel."

Luyendyk and his reality star's fiancée Lauren Burnham, to whom he proposed on The Bachelor, have not commented.


Netflix: Earlier today, the media company put out a press release saying that it had taken over Seth Rogen's mind. Yep, that's what the streaming service said, but that seems kind of doubtful to us.

Here's what the rather lengthy press release said:

"World-renowned Canadian person, prolific marijuana-doer, and winner of the 2015 MTV Movie Award for 'Best Kiss' Seth Q. Rogen has entered into a lifetime deal to transfer full ownership of his personal autonomy to Netflix, Inc."

"I have known Seth for many years” said senior Netflix Development Executive Jareth Chumley. "After a wrap party in late 2017, Seth approached me and said something like ‘Jesus F--king Christ Jarbear, I would sell my soul for a f--kin enchilada right now.’ And so basically that was how the idea was born. In the end we settled on a price a little higher than a standard Chili’s To-Go entree, but I’ll be damned, not by that much.”

"As a general rule, I don’t really ‘read’ anything before I sign it," replied Rogen when asked about the deal, spilling some beer on his own head as he does the finger-symbol equivalent of air quotes.

"That’s what Danny is for, he handles that for me, mostly," gesturing toward an elderly man in a poncho sleeping on the couch behind him. "Hey Danny!" he shouts, unable to wake his senior contract advisor. "I really hope he didn’t f--k this up. He’s the reason that Zach and Miri Make a Porno exists."

"Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity is the first project where Netflix was able to successfully extract comedy directly from the actor's mind. It will stream April 6."

Looks like someone at Netflix was having a bit of fun this Easter Fool's Day!

Princess Love: Ray J's pregnant lady love got in an early April Fool's Day prank.

The Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star, who is expecting their first child, pretended her water broke in front of him, spurring him to freak out. Their friends assisted, covertly spilling liquid onto the floor. The prank was filmed and posted on the couple's Instagram pages. (Watch the video above. Warning: Contains explicit language.)

"Her water just broke," their friends say.

"What does that mean?!" a panicked Ray J asks.

"Got @RayJ good after his show last night #APRILFOOLS," wrote Princess Love today.


Watch: The Real Todd Kraines Has an Important Message on April Fools' Day

Todd Kraines: The man behind Scott Disick's infamous Keeping Up With the Kardashians prank call got some sweet revenge on Kourtney Kardashian in E! News' new April Fool's Day PSA video.

"Kourt? It's me!" Todd says to Kourtney over the phone in the spot. "It's me! It's Todd Kraines," she answers without knowing she's getting tricked.

"When that whole thing was going on, like did you guys ever think about how it would affect my life?" Todd asks before Kourt deadpans, "No."

"Hi. I'm Todd Kraines and you literally would know me from one thing and one thing only," Todd later addresses the camera as part of his official PSA. "In honor of April Fool's Day, I'm here to bring awareness to the consequences seemingly harmless pranks can have on people's lives—not just for a day, but forever. So f--ked up man."

Payback's a b---h!