Lifetime had some Married at First Sight fans fooled when it announced a new spinoff version of the popular reality show. On April 1, the network revealed that a celebrity edition of Married at First Sight was in the works. The news sparked eye rolls from some viewers before they realized it was an April Fools’ Day prank.
Lifetime pranks ‘Married at First Sight’ fans with celebrity edition announcement
“THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” read the April 1 announcement, which was shared by the show’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. “#MAFSCelebrity is coming to [Lifetime].” The post then urged followers to “tag the celebrities you want to see matched with our brides to be.”
The first group of Married at First Sight celebrity brides was supposedly going to include Jana Kramer, Vivica A. Fox, Kelly Hu, and Loni Love. Michelle Collins was going to be the host and Married at First Sight: Afterparty host Keshia Knight Pulliam would be the relationship expert.
Fans react to fake ‘Married at First Sight’ news
Though the announcement of Married at First Sight’s first-ever celebrity edition looked legit at first glance, there were a few huge clues it was a joke. Aside from the April Fools’ Day timing, there was the fact that at least two supposed cast members are in committed relationships.
Love has been dating actor James Welsh for several years. She didn’t have to turn to a panel of relationship experts to find love. Instead, she used the popular dating app Christian Mingle to connect with Welsh, she revealed during an appearance on The Ellen Show (via YouTube). Fox is also in a relationship, she confirmed in a January 2022 appearance on The Real (via YouTube).
Still, a few people took the announcement at face value. The reaction wasn’t positive, with some Twitter users using words like “yuck,” “crazy,” and “no thank you.” Others were skeptical that Pulliam, who had a short-lived but messy marriage to Real Housewives of Atlanta star Ed Hartwell, was in a position to act as a relationship expert. Most, however, were quick to peg the announcement as a prank.
“April Fools joke,” one person on Twitter replied. “Not believable.”
New episodes of ‘Married at First Sight’ Season 14 are still airing on Lifetime
While Married at First Sight celebrity edition isn’t real, fans can still tune in to the ongoing drama that is MAFS Season 14. New episodes featuring the four remaining Boston couples air Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime. It’s followed by Afterparty and then Married at First Sight Australia at 10:30 p.m. ET.
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