Jimmy Kimmel is back with another prank—and this time it has to do with Fortnite. On Monday night’s airing of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the late-night host challenges parents to turn off the TV while their kid is playing the popular video game.
“Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to surprise your kid, or friend or roommate, by turning off the television while they’re playing Fortnite” Kimmel explained. “Sneak up on them, right when they seem to be at the most dramatic moment.”
The 51-year-old comedian then shared some of the best reactions to “Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I turned off the TV during Fortnite” on the show Wednesday, and they didn’t disappoint. There were tantrums, tears, swearing and speechless stares. One kid asks his dad, “What are you doing?! Go cook!” while another actually attacks his parent, knocking the camera away.
But while the hilarious reactions might make for great entertainment, parents should try Kimmel’s latest prank—which isn’t as mean as his infamous candy challenge where parents tell their kids they’ve eaten all of their Halloween goodies—with caution. For some, especially those with mental health issues like anger or anxiety, pranks can be dangerous, devastating and even scarring the child.
Regardless, this week’s #YouTubeChallenge is sure to be a hit with parents, particularly those whose kids are obsessed with Fortnite. And how can parents respond to their child’s tantrum? Remind them that there is life outside of the addictive video game. “Now go outside,” Kimmel laughs.