A number of Hollywood celebrities are said to be considering legal action over a new MTV show which combines the candid-camera practical joke format of shows such as Punk’d and Beadle’s About with the Health and Safety minefield that is Jackass.
Presented by former Jackass regular Johnny Knoxville, the first episode featured ex-Cheers actress Kirstie Alley, who claims she was told she would be presenting a documentary about a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains- only to find she was gaffer-taped to a child’s tricycle and pushed down the ski jump ramp, breaking both hips and a leg upon landing.
Police Academy star Steve Guttenberg recalled how he was dining out in LA when he suddenly felt overcome by a wave of tiredness and slumped forward into his tiramisu. Upon waking he was in exactly the same position, but after wiping the dessert from his face he discovered a Hitler moustache had been tattooed on his upper lip.
Jackie Stallone claims she was tazered by a man dressed as a giant baby, while businessman Donald Trump says he was locked in a wind tunnel.
Knoxville has laughed off the complaints, claiming that their targets are all “fame-hungry parasites that lap-up every drop of publicity they can get”. When asked about Alley’s injuries, he simply suggested that she should watch the upcoming sting on former co-star Ted Danson in which he is extraordinarily rendered to an interrogation centre in Oman. “As they say, laughter is the best medicine!”
On Tuesday Vanilla Ice was “kicked in the balls”, although it is thought this was entirely unrelated to the programme.