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Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 04/15/2013

MTV insists Aubrey Plaza crashing Will Ferrell’s speech at MTV Movie Awards was not planned


Aubrey Plaza tries to take away an award presented to Will Ferrell during the MTV Movie Awards. (Matt Sayles - INVISION/AP)
Media spent a good-ish chunk of Monday morning debating whether “Parks and Recreation” thespian Aubrey Plaza’s storming of the stage during Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards show was staged.

That is so 1999.

It’s MTV.

It doesn’t matter.

Plaza had the name of her new movie “The To Do List” scrawled across her chest above her strapless dress when she got up from her seat — in the front row, even though she was not one of the night’s big winners — and walked up on stage and attempted to de-award Will Ferrell, who’d just been named Comedic Genius.

We agree with her completely.

In fairness, Plaza appeared to be offering Ferrell a drink, presumably alcoholic, in exchange for the trophy.

Ferrell opted to hang on to the trophy and, eventually, Plaza gave up, returning to her seat and dropping the beverage.

“Aubrey Plaza, everyone! Just like we rehearsed it…it was perfect — not too long, not too short. Right on the money!” Ferrell vamped. Plaza rolled her eyes and tried to smile.

MTV insisted afterward that the super-awkward incident was not planned (not unlike how MTV Prods. insisted the unveiling of Janet Jackson’s right breast at that Super Bowl halftime show it produced had not been planned).

MTV also said Plaza was asked to leave the ceremony following the incident. When did MTV get so stuffy?

Hours later, Plaza tweeted to let us know it had been a carefully thought-out homage to Kanye West’s infamous interruption at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. West stormed the stage and grabbed the mic from Taylor Swift as she gave her acceptance blah, blah, blah for winning Best Female Video derby, protesting that Beyonce’s video was better.

“Thanks for the advice @kanyewest went better than planned!” Plaza tweeted, which leaves you wondering how badly she’d planned for it to go.

By  |  05:54 PM ET, 04/15/2013

 
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