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One Direction Replaces Zayn Malik — With A Potato — Watch

Fri, November 20, 2015 11:09am EDT by 7 Comments

Um, ouch. One Direction dropped by ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ to introduce the world to Zayn Malik’s replacement: a potato. No, like, a literal potato. Watch the clip!

It might be hard for Zayn Malik, 22, not to take offense to this. His former bandOne Direction, made their way to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Nov. 19, for a very special segment: to introduce a new member of their group and make him famous! Ready to meet your new heartthrob, One Directioners? Okay, drumroll please… It’s a potato! Swoon!

“We have some very exciting news for One Direction fans tonight,” host Jimmy Kimmel tells the audience. “We are going to welcome a new member to the One Direction family,” he adds– causing, like, everyone to say “OMG.” 

To hear more about One Direction’s thoughts on Zayn leaving the band, head over to iTunes and download the HollywoodLife podcast for free!

Who could the new member beJustin TimberlakeJustin BieberJustin Long (hey, it could happen).

“That new member is this potato,” Jimmy says, as if it’s the most normal thing ever. “This is a Russet potato raised in a field among many others. We bought it at Ralph’s. It cost 58 cents. It’s a very ordinary, some might say humble, vegetable, but what this potato does not know is it is about to become the most famous potato in the world. Members of the paparazzi will try to take pictures of it. Young girls will shriek when they see it. By this time tomorrow, this potato…might even be dating Ariana Grande.”

From there, we head backstage, where the guys finally meet their new addition, and set out to make it the most famous potato in the world. So, did it work? Well, in under 24 hours the carbohydrate-heavy vegetable has racked up 13,000 Twitter followers and close to 100,000 Instagram followers, so you tell us.

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Who would you rather see as One D’s fifth member, Zayn or a potato?

— Casey Mink