Official: ‘Punk’d’ To Return With Ashton Kutcher as Producer, Justin Bieber as First Host

Justin BieberFor some time now, we’ve heard whispers of the return of MTV’s Punk’d, but until now it was not entirely official, leading some to believe that it we were all being…well, you know. But doubt no further: MTV has officially ordered a new Punk’d series.

The new version of Punk’d will vary a bit from the old: Kutcher will only play producer as opposed to on-screen host. The new Punk’d will feature a different celebrity host every week, starting with Justin Bieber on the premiere. A while back, it was reported that Bieber might be the show’s permanent host, but the one-host-per-week format might serve better in keeping the show fresh and lively. Bieber alone is a big enough sell for an episode of the prank series, but his victim will be just as noteworthy a member of the pop music world.

MTV will be releasing further information about the revival of Punk’d during its NYE in NYC 2012 special on Dec. 31.

Source: EW

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.