Poor Lionel Richie Is On The Receiving End Of Practical Jokes On ‘American Idol’
One thing that happens when you are on set for ten or more hours a day is that you start to get bored. When you get bored you start bonding with your fellow cast and crew. After you’ve established a camaraderie with them it is not uncommon for the practical jokes to start. It seems that in the reboot for American Idol, the one who gets the most abuse is music legend Lionel Richie.
Lionel Richie has been in the music business for nearly fifty years. He started out in the 70’s with The Commodores and then went on to have an insanely successful solo career. Lionel brings all of his experience and gravitas to the show. Meanwhile, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry are pulling pranks on him. Perry said,
“Luke Bryan and I are like brother and sister and Lionel is kind of like our uncle. And we respect Lionel just about as much as his kids respect him, which is not a lot. Here’s the deal, he’s giving some eloquent statement about how was with Whitney (Houston) or Michael (Jackson) to some hopeful contestant, and we’re prepping a Whoopee cushion to sit on after he’s done his TED Talk. And he just goes for it every time and it’s amazing. We’re ruining his legacy.”
Obviously, these two were not taught to respect their elders like I was. I used a joy buzzer on my grandfather once and regretted it immediately. Abuelo didn’t play. I imagine that Lionel’s eyes are strained from all the eye-rolling he must do.