Netflix defends his controversial new prank show starring Actor Street Matarazzo after repelling the project, received to trick people seeking work.
Streaming giant announced on Friday that eight episodes of Prank Encounters would launch sometime this year, when 16-year-old Matarazzo was both host and executive producer.
Netflix representatives said the "scary and hilarious" pranks would be played on "two complete strangers who each think they are starting their first day on a new job."
"It goes as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs are full-time nightmares, "they added.
Many people were quick to shame with Netflix and Matarazzo, one of Hollywood's richest young stars, to play pranks on vulnerable people looking for work.
But in a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Netflix spokesman tried to cl arify the original description of the show's premise, which said the people began their "first day on a new job."
"The Pranks of Prank Encounters are scary, supernatural and over the top, and everyone had a good time," said the spokesman. "All participants came up with the expectation that it was a one-day hour recording, and everyone was paid for their time."
The speaker declined to answer further questions about how the job was marketed to those who sought employment. Netflix also refused to make any of the pranked people available for an interview.
Representatives of Matarazzo have not responded to comments requests.