In a recent press release, Netflix has provided some clarity to Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo‘s recently announced prank series titled, Prank Encounters. The show received some major backlash since its announcement, with the streaming service coming to Matarazzo’s defense.

You can read the full statement, below.

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The new Netflix prank series was announced Friday with the synopsis:

“Each episode of this terrifying and hilarious prank show takes two complete strangers who each think they’re starting their first day at a new job. It’s business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares.”

While some are excited for Matarazzo, people online are pissed about the show tricking people into thinking they have jobs that don’t exist.


Now, Netflix has come to the defense of the Stranger Things star, giving some clarification on the premise of the show in a statement to CNBC.

“The pranks in ‘Prank Encounters’ are spooky, supernatural, and over the top, and everyone had a great time. All participants came in with the expectation this was a one-day, hourly gig and everyone got paid for their time.”

The idea for the new show comes from Propagate and will have executive producers Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Kevin Healy and Rob Hyde on board. Anthony Gonzales, the director behind Undercover Boss and Dance Moms, will also be working on the show.

The new series will run for eight episodes, though an exact release date has not been given.

Stranger Things third season premieres on Netflix July 4. Recently, a poster revealed a closer look at the new monster for this season.

If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the trailer for the new season in the player below.

Do you plan on watching Matarazzo’s new prank show on Netflix? Sound off in the comments below.

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