Initially, cable-subscribing stoners thought they'd been Punk'd when MTV knocked Celebrity Deathmatch out of its late-night lineup -- first in 2002, then again in 2007 for a short-lived revival.
But Ashton Kutcher had nothing to do with the decision to scrap the greatest claymation series since Gumby. Corporate suits, on the other hand, simply said no mas, inadvertently depriving future generations of the inevitable main-event bout between British boy bands One Direction and the Wanted.
The two groups are currently exchanging condescending tweets and low blows just as One Direction preps for the latest leg of its world tour, which kicks off at the BB&T Center on Thursday.
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"So frustrating when people talk the talk in the press but when it comes down to it, not a word is said face to face!" One Direction group member Louis Tomlinson tweeted after the Wanted lead singer Max George needlessly accused the 21-year-old of being gay on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live.
But One Direction diehards quickly joined forces to help trend #DirectionersLoveLouis on Twitter, displaying their unconditional devotion virtually for the British X Factor seventh-season third-place finishers.
The judges give this round to One Direction.
One Direction. Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise; thebbtcenter.com; 954-835-7825. Tickets cost $41.50 to $103.75 via ticketmaster.com.