T-Pain Almost Choked Laughing at Joke About Him on ‘Abbott Elementary’


  • T-Pain said he almost choked laughing at a joke about himself on “Abbott Elementary.”
  • The fictional staff used T-Pain as a metaphor for a commercial they couldn’t “escape.”
  • The singer and producer tweeted Friday that he watches the show “religiously.”

T-Pain isn’t hurt by being the butt of an “Abbott Elementary” joke. 

The hit ABC sitcom, created by Quinta Brunson, has garnered a lot of praise since it premiered in 2021.

T-Pain is the latest to share his review of the show, writing Friday on Twitter that he nearly choked on his food laughing at a joke the show made about him.

In a season two episode that premiered on Wednesday, the staff tries to get a commercial criticizing Abbott Elementary removed from television, according to Uproxx. After walking into the teachers’ lounge and seeing the commercial playing on the television, the school’s principal Ava Coleman, played by Janelle Smith, said, “I can’t escape this commercial. It’s like T-Pain in ’08.”

The joke was likely a reference to the many singles the musician appeared on in 2008, including “Got Money” by Lil Wayne, “One More Drink” by Ludacris, “The Boss” by Rick Ross, and “Go Girl” by Ciara.

In a response to a tweet from a fellow “Abbott Elementary” fan, T-Pain confirmed that he watches the series each week and had a positive reaction to the joke.

“That shit was hilarious. We watch @AbbottElemABC religiously and that line almost made me choke on my food,” the “Bartender” singer wrote.

T-Pain isn’t the only celebrity fan of the show, which earned seven nominations for its first season at the 2022 Emmys, according to Variety. Other stars like Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, and Jada Pinkett Smith also shared their support for Brunson and the sitcom on social media this year.

“Dearest @quintabrunson – you are an absolute treasure,” Washington wrote on Twitter. “#abbotelementary has stolen my heart!!!!!!! And I don’t want it back.”

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