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MSNBC host pranked on the air over Malaysian airplane by Howard Stern fan

An MSNBC host was caught off guard and pranked while covering a story on the Malaysian airplane that was shot down in Ukraine.

Krystal Ball attends day 1 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548
Krystal Ball attends day 1 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548
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After it was reported that a Malaysian plane was shot down in Ukraine, the news spread quickly and all of the major cable news outlets ran with the story. During the airing of Thursday's "The Cycle" on MSNBC, co-host Krystal Ball spoke with a man identified as “U.S. Staff Sgt. Michael Boyd" who was allegedly at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine. "Boyd" revealed himself as a fan of the Howard Stern show instead.

Krystal Ball: “Let’s turn now to an MSNBC exclusive...U.S. Staff Sgt. Michael Boyd is at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine and says that he saw a missile in the air hit the plane. He is on the phone with us. Sergeant, are you there?”

"U.S. Staff Sgt. Michael Boyd": Yes, I’m here. Can you hear me?

Ball: I can, please tell us what you saw there on the ground there in Ukraine.

"Boyd": Well I was looking out the window and I saw a projectile flying through the sky and it would appear that the plane was shot down from a blast of wind from Howard Stern’s ass.

Ball: So it would appear that the plane was shot down. Can you tell us anything more from your military training of what sort of missile system that may have been coming from?

"Boyd": Well you’re a dumbass aren’t you?

Ball was either oblivious to the situation or she handled herself in a very professional manner, refusing to be thrown for a loop by the prankster.