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BET 'Punk'd' Viewers with ‘Uncut’ Prank Promo for New Version of Show

by Erika Benton-Martin   Aug 12, 2015 21:50 PM EDT

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The Internet went into a frenzy when BET announced that Uncut would return to the air but the network recently revealed that the ad was just a promo for the revamped version of Punk'd.  Back in April, BET announced its plans to bring back the celebrity prank show and the network seems to be off to a good start. BET's promo fooled viewers into tuning in to a new version of their explicit music video show, which has been off of the air for nine years. On Tuesday (Aug. 11) night, viewers were lured in by Uncut's original intro and a disclaimer. Things were quickly interrupted by presumed new hosts, Vine star King Bach and YouTube sensation DeStorm Power.

For those hoping for the revival of Uncut, Stephen Hill, the show's programming director, took to Twitter to further assure viewers that the show is a thing of the past. "To be clear, BET will NEVER bring back UnCut, but it was fun to see the energy the last few days."

During its run, a great amount of controversy surrounded the show, namely following the premiere of Nelly's "Tip Drill" video. He recently spoke on the video and how it fits in with the visuals being released today.

"They got a little wild, man," Nelly said while speaking on the negative response to his "Tip Drill" video. "But that was the thing. If you look at that video now and if you put it in [context] of what's going on right now and you look at how far things are going right now. I mean, that video was nothing. But at that time I guess it was. The only reason I did it was because 'BET Uncut' was already running for like two years. And I'm up. I'm watching. I want a video for that show."

Although Uncut will never see the light of day, new episodes of Punk'd will debut on Tuesday, August 18th at 10:30 p.m. Will you be watching? Sound off in the comment section below.

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