04/12/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ali Velshi PRANKED, Called 'Dumbass' Live On CNN (VIDEO

Somebody (Howard Stern, perhaps?) pulled a fast one on CNN's Ali Velshi today.

During a report on the snow situation at Newark airport, Velshi turned to Gene Lasker, from the New Jersey Emergency Management, on the phone. Lasker began with normal-sounding updates before he advised everyone that "today is a day to just sit in your homes and contemplate Howard Stern on 'American Idol'."

The CNN host guffawed, and producers can be heard laughing, but continued to ask questions of Lasker before the prankster cut it short: "You're a dumb ass. You don't know this is a prank call?"

A good-natured Velshi took it in stride: "You got us, Gene. Very good."