Ex ‘Voice’ Coach Was ‘Furious’ with Star of ‘The Office’

It’s not on daily basis {that a} coach from “The Voice” will get made a idiot of on nationwide TV. But it does occur.

Most folks acknowledge B.J. Novak for his function as Ryan Howard on the hit NBC sitcom, “The Office.” He was additionally a author and producer for the show. But earlier than he bought his huge break, Novak labored with Ashton Kutcher on the MTV show Punk’d.

For those that do not bear in mind the meaner model of “Candid Camera,” Punk’d arrange celebrities to be made fools of, for the world to see. Sometimes the celebrities took it in stride when Kutcher popped out of the shadows to disclose that they’d simply been tricked. Others bought significantly offended.

Novak was one of many actors on Punk’d who helped to trick celebrities with false, and sometimes hilarious, situations. In truth, it was his first actual job on tv. On a latest episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Novak recalled how one of many celebrities who was the angriest at him for the charade was former ‘Voice’ coach and R&B famous person, Usher.

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Usually a member of the family, a buddy, or a colleague was in on the joke with Kutcher, Novak and the remainder of the Punk’d workforce. In Usher’s case, it was his little brother. Usher was known as to a clothes retailer by Novak, who was posing as a gross sales clerk. Usher was instructed that his brother had been caught shoplifting and that he wanted to deal with it.

As Novak defined on The Late Show, “The solely manner I might let the brother go is that if [Usher] recorded a rap jingle for my retailer, which I rapped for him. And he was like, ‘First of all, I’m not a rapper. Second of all, why does it consult with ice?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, we wished Vanilla Ice.'”

When Colbert and the viewers burst into laughter, Novak defined, “It’s a properly written show – I did not write the joke.”

The ‘Office’ star went on to say, “He’s livid after which Ashton comes out, and he is like, ‘Bro!’ And it is like an enormous hug.” Novak thought he can be forgiven as properly and held his arms out for a hug from Usher, however bought turned down flat. Novak relayed, “Usher was like, “‘No, no, no, no.’ Like, your first impression of somebody sticks, you realize. So, I’ve not run into Usher since. I do not suppose he’ll be in my subsequent film.” Novak is at present a director engaged on a challenge known as “Vengeance.”

Usher is Following in Novak’s Footsteps

While he won’t be over what Novak did to him on Punk’d, Usher has lately taken a web page out of Novak’s ebook and gone behind the scenes. The multi-Grammy winner has signed on to be a co-executive producer of “Storyville,” an upcoming TV show concerning the beginning of jazz and the red-light district in New Orleans.

According to Revolt, Usher described the show as “an epic story sparked by the origins of the sound that impressed my profession – a narrative that touches the nerve of social and cultural relevance at the moment.” More than probably, B.J. Novak won’t be requested to take part.


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