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CNN Sign, Ted’s Montana Grill “Punk’d” Courtesy of Kutcher

Actor and MTV “Punk’d” prank show creator Ashton Kutcher made good on his threat to “ding-dong ditch” CNN founder Ted Turner Wednesday night.

Last month, Kutcher promised to pull the prank during an interview on CNN when both he and the media giant were seeking to be the first Twitter users to achieve a record million followers.

The star of “Dude, Where’s My Car” got to the milestone first.

And on Wednesday night, he mobilized those followers via the popular social networking Website to converge on Centennial Olympic Park downtown where his wife, actress Demi Moore was waiting with a U-Haul-It van full of Ding Dong snack cakes. And one large gold bell.

“We had to improvise since Ted doesn’t actually have a doorbell,” explained Kutcher.

Kutcher, clad in an olive green jacket, a Braves cap and a walkie talkie, passed out the desserts to the dozens of his “tweeps” and they all headed for the Ted’s Montana Grill on Luckie Street where Turner’s private residence is located on the top floor.

Kutcher and crew piled up the Ding Dongs on the sidewalk outside the eatery and then each took a turn banging on the bell (Given that Turner is traditionally an early to bed, early to rise kind of guy, this may have interfered with the billionaire bison owner’s planned evening).

Turner never materialized during the prank which streamed live at www.ustream.tv.

But Kutcher wasn’t through.

On camera, Kutcher said: “We came out here because we won the war. People are watching live because they want to see something special. The war wasn’t really with Ted Turner. He doesn’t even own CNN. The ding-dong ditch was a bit of a distraction.”

 A camera then panned around to the glowing CNN neon logo atop CNN Center on Marietta street. Spotlights were flipped on to reveal the unfurling of a large banner revealing Kutcher’s Twitter page handle, @aplusk that was unrolled over the CNN sign.

The Ding Dongs, meanwhile, were donated to the Atlanta Food Bank.

47 comments Add your comment

beretverde

May 14th, 2009
8:40 am

Lame on ALL counts. What a waste of time for everyone.

Niki

May 14th, 2009
9:09 am

All in good fun. Disagree with beretverde.

Atlanta1

May 14th, 2009
9:35 am

How old is Ashton? Talk about childish. He came all the way to Atlanta to put ding dongs in front of a restaurant and ring a bell. wow! I feel awful for missing this one on the web!

Nebish

May 14th, 2009
9:36 am

Great for Atlantans to get a chance to see Demi in the glorious flesh.

AReady

May 14th, 2009
9:41 am

He didn’t come all the way to Atlanta to do this. He is already here filming a movie.

sslwer

May 14th, 2009
9:42 am

Kutcher has been in town for weeks filming a movie – this wasn’t a special trip for ding dongs! He gets the press he needs to continue his work – enough said.

funny dawgs

May 14th, 2009
9:50 am

dsm

May 14th, 2009
9:50 am

cool prank. Too bad they (Ashton and Demi) didn’t think to make a big donation to the Food Bank besides ding dons! That would have been better appreciated, you think?

soxfan

May 14th, 2009
9:57 am

HA …. Thats great! Huge Security Breach… what kind of security does CNN have to let people get in and Hijack their building?

atlnewtrs

May 14th, 2009
10:00 am

LAS

May 14th, 2009
10:11 am

I never understand why people have to be so negative – it was just for fun! I agree with you Niki!

Mitchell

May 14th, 2009
10:13 am

I was more than ready to call Mr. Kutcher out for being a time wasting douche until I read the part about the Braves hat and, well, I will not do that now.

He’s good in my hood.

Bravesabove.500?

May 14th, 2009
10:16 am

I find all the “Lame”, “Stupid”, “Waste of time…” comments hilarious. It only means you read the story and took time to comment – which also means that it like every other publicity stunt he does worked. Like it or not, it’s still publicity and it works for him. He has 1million plus ‘tweets’ and he’s loving life. Get over yourself and have a little fun.

ATLgurl

May 14th, 2009
10:33 am

This is the most excitment CNN has seen since the Tornado hit!

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May 14th, 2009
10:41 am

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Jenn

May 14th, 2009
10:42 am

All, or most of the Ding Dongs were taken to the ATL Food Bank (http://twitpic.com/54pv2). It was for fun people..get over it.

Stephanie

May 14th, 2009
10:50 am

The Twitter race to a million wasn’t in vain – Ashton, and many of his supporters, donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to malaria prevention in the pursuit of a million. The Ding Dongs were simply a fun cap on an otherwise INCREDIBLE human rights awareness campaign.

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sam cutter

May 14th, 2009
11:06 am

sounds like great fun all for a greater cause…kudos AplusK and MrsKutcher!!! and Ted for being a great sport!

machell

May 14th, 2009
11:30 am

KUTCHER GROW UP!!!!

dave

May 14th, 2009
11:30 am

Am i awake . . . surely, all of this must be a weird dream.

Jimbob

May 14th, 2009
11:30 am

Ashton Kutcher IS a Ding Dong. What a ma-roon.

Katie

May 14th, 2009
11:43 am

He is in Atlanta filming a movie with Katherine Heigel. He didn’t come here just to Punk Ted Turner

Tiffany

May 14th, 2009
12:00 pm

Why does everyone have to be so serious? Can’t we have fun sometime? Take the stick out your butt and laugh! Laughing is actually good for you!! Dang! De-stress or die!!!!!

Huh?

May 14th, 2009
12:03 pm

CNN punks itself on a daily basis. I watched this morning for a good twenty minutes and saw nothing but stories about Oprah and a shampoo inspired by Ron Blagaoguegaeageagegvich. What a total waste of time that network has become. Ashton Kucher is doing them a big favor. They love mindless crap like this.

Soulfinger

May 14th, 2009
12:19 pm

Wow, some of you folks need to lighten up. Its not that serious. As STEPHANIE posted earlier, the Twitter race was for charity. Atleast he is bringing awareness to the situation in Africa..by any means necessary. What have you done charity???

tom

May 14th, 2009
12:33 pm

Ashton, Please consider bringing this type of staged act to 2nd tier cities around Georgia like Columbus & Savannah.

With both of these cities home to our nation’s men & women in uniform this type of spontaneous good cheer is always welcomed as our nation experiences these tough economic times & conflicts abroad.

Your spontaneous humor is a welcome relief…I agree with other writers, & Columbus/Savannah offer a charm & quality of life that would allow you a return to those simplistics things inlife coupled with an escape from the hustle & bustle of the City.

Large in the Pants

May 14th, 2009
12:39 pm

At least he was wearing a Braves cap.

Kid’s got style.

chris

May 14th, 2009
12:47 pm

DUMB.

Demi and Ashton have WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON THE THEIR HANDS. Again, how old are they….. six?

It would be nice to see this much energy and funds go towards something worthwhile.

Not even entertaining, a total waste. Glad that Ted didn’t dignify the boobs with a response.

Taz

May 14th, 2009
12:50 pm

The amount of money it took for them to do that could have been donated to the Atlanta Food Bank to help people in need instead of pulling a stupid prank.

Music

May 14th, 2009
1:21 pm

COOL PRANK! All in fun! They do their share of charity work. Stuffy people need to lighten up!

Get an Education

May 14th, 2009
1:29 pm

It’s sad that most everyone in this country knows who Aston Kutcher is married to but can’t name a single Supreme Court Justice. This country places more importance on this trash and American Idol then they do on studying hard and performing well on the job.

Wondering Lady

May 14th, 2009
1:46 pm

I wonder why everyone is getting upset over this childish prank? I wonder what better things to do with our time? I wonder what in the world am I doing even responding? Ding Dong?

Rainman

May 14th, 2009
2:06 pm

I like Ding Dongs.
I like Oatmeal Pies better.

everydayjane

May 14th, 2009
2:12 pm

I wish I could have got in on it…

ATL Fan

May 14th, 2009
2:14 pm

Wait, wait, wait… people are actually letting themselves get worked up over this?

Wow.

Stan Marsh

May 14th, 2009
2:25 pm

Demi obviously married Kutcher for his intellect…

Dave Perry

May 14th, 2009
2:45 pm

Katherine Heigel’s in town? Who’s this Kutcher guy anyway? Katherine I love you!

Alejandro

May 14th, 2009
2:49 pm

..uh…and how far has Demi Moore fallen!?

MICHELLE

May 14th, 2009
2:55 pm

How about a little bit of credit for the pic of Demi and the Ding Dong truck?!!! @michellecrider :)

Soooo much fun!

chillpill

May 14th, 2009
2:57 pm

I think it was something fun, lighthearted, and spontaneous – which we don’t see too often these days. Good for Ashton and Demi.

David Mc Gill Eldridge III

May 14th, 2009
3:24 pm

Talked about braindead! It was very Lame.

GDC

May 14th, 2009
4:56 pm

wow…That was pretty much the equivalent of putting a flaming bag of dog feces on a doorstep and ringing the doorbell. I would think what’s his name would be more creative.

Judy

May 15th, 2009
4:25 pm

Lighten up people. A little fun never hurt anyone!

George

May 16th, 2009
8:22 pm

I am embarrassed for CNN that they would play along with such a moronic stunt and try to pass it off as news. No dignity. As for Kutcher -he obviously has the brain of a 10-year old. As for Demi -she is missing a few screws as well. Sad all around.

Reign

May 19th, 2009
9:56 am

I didn’t really get the prank, but it’s still all good fun…we certainly don’t have enough people showing public displays of fun stuff, but there’s enough bad news and negative crap all day long. It was nice and lighthearted and intended for fun, love it! Thanks Ashton

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