'Fuller House' Star John Stamos Made a Viral April Fools Prank With Netflix

Apr 05, 2016 04:47 PM EDT

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INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: Actor John Stamos attends Nickelodeon's 2016 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum. (Photo : Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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And the best April Fools 2016 prank goes to... Netflix and John Stamos! After teaming up for the Full House revival, Fuller House, the actor/producer and the streaming powerhouse pulled a hilarious stunt that included having the Uncle Jesse actor going through a meltdown, an official apology and a little help from Netflix's friends!

The very elaborate prank began on the April 1st morning, when the handsome actor took to Twitter to announce he was working with Netflix on another project after Fuller House: a docuseries about his own life, called John Stamos: A Human, Being.

The teaser clip for the so-called project, posted on Netflix's social media and YouTube, was perfect April Fools material, with Stamos looking entirely self-complacent when referring to himself not just as a human being but as a "human, being."

A few hours later, People Magazine posted a piece, along with a YouTube video, of Stamos having a "meltdown" at the Netflix office when he was told his documentary wasn't really going to happen. In an expletive-filled clip, the beloved Greek-American actor yells at a secretary because the head of the streaming site won't see him, asking if they want to make fun of him and his "Stamos brand" and his "30 years in show business."

He also called Netflix a "glorified Blockbuster."


Not happy with this, the actor also tweeted his discomfort and then took to Instagram to post an updated version of Netflix's front page, with subtitles like "Popular Like John Stamos Was in High School."


A photo posted by John Stamos (@johnstamos) el Apr 3 2016 at 10:50 PDT

On the other side, Netflix apologized through a tweet that also included a video of the company's Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, apologizing for his "wildly inappropriate behavior" in treating Stamos' life as a joke, saying the docuseries was indeed happening -- all while the actor stared at him in anger in the back.

After hours of this back and forth, finally it was People that said the whole thing had been a prank, imagined entirely by Stamos. Now, the behind-the-scenes of that intricate plan would have definitely made for a fun documentary!


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