Jimmy Kimmel reveals 'Twerk Fail' YouTube hoax (Video, Poll)
Jimmy Kimmel revealed on his ABC talk series on Monday night that a viral YouTube video titled "Worst Twerk Fail EVER" was a hoax -- his hoax, proving two things:
1. People shouldn't assume everything they see on the Internet is real.
2. Jimmy Kimmel and his team of Emmy-winning writers continue to achieve a common goal by the mainstream media -- making a video go viral. They are the masterminds behind the popular 2008 celebrity-packed YouTube clips "I'm [Expletive] Matt Damon," which won an Emmy, and its sequel, "I'm [Expletive] Ben Affleck."
The clip was posted a week ago and filmed two months before Miley Cyrus' controversial MTV VMAs twerking performance. It appears to show a woman demonstrating a similar "twerk" dance, attempting a handstand and then falling over into a candle and setting herself on fire after a person opens the door. The author of the video was named Caitlin Heller, who never posted other previous clips under that name.
After a week, the video had been viewed more than 9.8 million times, shared numerous times on social media and shown on national television. On Monday night's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," Kimmel presented the "full" version of the clip -- it shows him entering the room and putting out the flames with a fire extinguisher. The woman was revealed to be a stunt performer named Daphne Avalon.
"If it makes you feel any better, I would have believed it too #twerkburn," Kimmel tweeted.
"Thank you @jimmykimmel ... Viral video. Check! That sure twerked out really well. Oh, and RIP alias Caitlin Heller. #endtwerkingforever," Avalon said.
Watch the original "Worst Twerk Fail EVER" video and the "full" version with Jimmy Kimmel and tell us, honestly -- did you believe the original clip was real, at first?