The Moment Justin Bieber's Undercover Friends Prank Didn't Quite Go As Planned
The 'What Do You Mean?' singer went incognitio as part of a segement for Ellen's programme whereby he assumed the role of 'awkward photographer dude'.
He then attempted to liven up those visiting a recreation of the Friends television show set at Warner Bros Studios in California.
Disguised as a slightly hairy Warner Bros tour guide, Bieber, 26, played up to the hidden cameras when couples, friends, and families visited the iconic Central Perk cafe, giving them a photo op in the process.
Bieber greeted a mix of people who were uber fans of the '90s sitcom as some - notably a couple of teenage girls there with their family - instantly recognising the 'Love Yourself' popstar before they even sat down on the famous couch the six characters were synonymous with.
Sporting a uniform, cap and oversized glasses, Biebs slotted into the role with ease, as he managed to dupe a lot of people into thinking he was merely an eccentric employee rather than the biggest popstar on the planet.
One couple fell for the ploy, while others became suspicious and called him out right away.
"That's Justin Bieber," two teens said before their parents had even sat down. They play along with his denial before the singer joined in with a sterling rendition of 'Smelly Cat'.
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However, when Bieber turned up to The Ellen Show on Friday, one of the couples he pranked were there in the studio audience. Hilariously, and after a brief back and forth, they revealed they had no idea it was Justin Bieber at the time, and had literally just found out there and then, leaving the star speechless.
"Dang," Bieber said. "Are you serious? You had no idea until right now? You thought it was just some weird guy?
"Did you think the guy was weird or did you think he was kinda cool?"
To which the man replied: "I thought he was both!"
Despite Friends ending in its tenth season back in 2004, the popularity for the US comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry remains at the forefront of pop culture.
Just recently, after the show had celebrated 15 years since coming to a close, it was revealed a reunion was on the cards.
Last month saw the cast officially announce their comeback with The One Where They Got Back Together, an HBO Max production, developed by Warner Bros., for what is a currently unscripted special set to hit the small screen in May.
Words: Mike Williams
Featured Image Credit: The Ellen Show