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Radio Show has Last Laugh with Justin Bieber Prank

July 3, 2012

B.J. Hammerstein

Justin Bieber

To believe or not to believe. That is the question for Beliebers.

Yesterday, listeners hoping to get their WKQI-FM (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" fix were disappointed to discover that hosts Mojo, Spike and Shannon Murphy weren't broadcasting live. Instead, the station was airing material from the show's archives.

Those who had peeked at the show's Twitter page Saturday already knew (or at least thought they knew) that Mojo had been suspended after a Friday telephone interview with Justin Bieber. It ended abruptly when the "Baby"-singing tween dream hung up on the Detroit radio show host in the middle of the interview.

This morning, Michael McCoy, WKQI's program director, told Names & Faces that he couldn't say anything more about the situation except that Mojo and company would be back on the air beginning July 9.

As various media -- everyone from MTV to the Christian Post -- began firing off Web reports today about the alleged suspension, Mojo revealed the truth this afternoon via Twitter. In short, it was all a joke. "Sorry if I made anyone think I'm suspended," he wrote. "I'm really on vacation."

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Though the morning-show pranksters are sure to be laughing at the response their stunt generated, it's not clear how Bieber feels about his role in the incident.

During the interview -- which was posted to the "Mojo in the Morning" Web page Friday and later removed, according to the station, "at the request of Justin Bieber's management" -- Mojo seemed to irk the Biebs, 18, on a variety of subjects.

First, he tried to pay Bieber a compliment by comparing his single "Boyfriend" to Justin Timberlake's sound.

"Man, that's crazy 'cause our voices sound nothing alike. I mean, I'm not trying to sound like anyone," Bieber said. "Saying I sound like someone else is not really a compliment."

Then, in the exchange that ultimately led to a dial tone, Mojo asked JB whether he was worried that One Direction's Harry Styles, 18, who has revealed that he prefers more mature women, might try to hook up with Bieber's mother.

"I don't think you should worry about me (and my mom with Harry Styles)," the singer replied. "Worry about your mom, bro."

Source: (c)2012 the Detroit Free Press

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