If a colleague is a known prankster, it's probably a good idea to read the script before going on air.
One reporter learned that the hard way when TV host Karl Stefanovic pulled an "Anchorman" prank on Australia's "Today" show and changed the teleprompter in order to trick his colleague into reading a humorous line.
Sports reporter Roz Kelly was recapping a recent soccer match in the Europa Cup when she fell for trick, reading straight off the screen.
"How good are the cookies... there," she says with some hesitation, as Stefanovic breaks into laughter.
"You didn't check your scripts did you?" co-host Lisa Wilkinson questions.
The presenters then joke about who may have planted the line -- "your flatmates upstairs?" -- but its fairly obvious from Stefanovic's reaction that he was the culprit.
While Kelly admitted that she "knew exactly what had happened" as she was reading the line, she vowed to take revenge.
Pay-back time!!! Ok trying to brainstorm revenge! Help! Any ideas? #pranks— Roz Kelly (@Roz_Kelly) May 16, 2013
This isn't the first time a TV host has pulled a teleprompter prank inspired by the 2004 comedy. In January, the director of an NBC26 news broadcast managed to slip "I love lamp," into the teleprompter, and the local weatherman fell for it.
Watch the Australian "Today" show prank in the clip above, and see the "Anchorman" original in the video below. (Warning: Clip contains some explicit language.)
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There must be more to this.
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Wait for the end.
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Really Didn't Need To Know That
Thanks for letting us know, though.
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Ice vs. Weatherman
Ice always wins.
In His Defense, He's Completely Insane
We have no words.
Snowball In The Face
Whoever threw that had some pretty good aim.
A Common MIx-Up
She got there in the end.
A What Job?
Don't worry, he said it won't happen again.
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Think of all those who are allergic.
Ice vs. Weatherman II
Ice is 2-0 so far.
Hard To Say
Give her a break, Shep.
Something Else On His Mind
"The Internet, what they're going to do with this one!"
This Is What It's All About
He's good at snowball fights.
Some great ad-libbing there.
In her defense that guy is a big arsehole.
Vasectomies Are Hilarious
The cameraman even got involved in this one.
Good story, guys.
Might want to stand farther to the side of the road.
Ah, the infamous grape crushing fall.
BBC's Horrible Secret
But he finally sheds light on the story.
At least they're mature about it.
We'd actually rather she didn't elaborate on that.
At least the kids were having fun.
He Was In A Rush
It was quicker than walking all the way around the camera.
A quick map edit takes care of it, though.
And Nancy Grace isn't happy about it.
Was this planned? We don't really care.
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At least he made the report more interesting.
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