Blossoming celebrity

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Jose Rosado can’t stop to smell the roses without being recognized.

After appearing on the CBS show “Undercover Boss” on Sunday, he’s become a Brooklyn celebrity.

“Where I live and when I’m leaving work, I get someone who says, ‘I saw you on TV, oh my god!’ ” said Rosado, 19, of Bensonhurst. “I get stopped about once every hour.”

Rosado, who manages a 1-800-FLOWERS.COM location on Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, unwittingly participated in the reality show, which anonymously sends corporate executives into their own companies’ entry-level positions, when a camera crew stopped by his shop last month.

Rosado was told he was taking part in a show about training people for entry-level jobs. The trainee, introduced as Pat O’Reilly, an out-of-work painting contractor sporting ripped jeans and a beard, was in actuality Chris McCann, president of the flower company.

Rosado spent the day unknowingly training his boss, instructing him in sweeping the floor, cleaning the refrigerators and wrapping bouquets.

“He had no attitude, gave me no hassles. He was very considerate,” said Rosado, though he admitted that the president of one of the nation’s largest flower companies needed help working with the flora itself.

A week after the cameras rolled, Rosado went to the company’s corporate offices for the big reveal. Out came McCann, this time clean-shaven and wearing a suit.

Rosado made such a big impression on McCann that he is now regularly meeting with the no-longer-undercover boss for advice on launching his own floral franchise — aided by $25,000 from the show’s producers.

For now, he’s enjoying his newfound fame. Since appearing on the show, Rosado is frequently spotted around Bay Ridge. While getting a cup of coffee this week, for instance, he overheard a couple debating whether or not he was the man from the television show.

“I couldn’t hold it in any longer, so I go, ‘It is me!’ ” said Rosado. “I spoke to them about my experience and got a whole crowd around me. It’s getting crazy now.”

Of course, he keeps pinching himself to make sure he’s not dreaming.

“I feel like it’s a dream,” he said. “It’s too good to be true.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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