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‘Worst Twerk Fail Ever’ Video Actually a Jimmy Kimmel Hoax

So remember the video of the twerking girl who accidentally set herself on fire? Remember how we all got a good laugh out of it? Remember how everyone from YouTube commenters to morning news shows dubbed it “the end of the twerking craze as we know it”?

Well, turns out it was all a hoax perpetuated by that merry prankster Jimmy Kimmel

As revealed last night on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ the whole thing was cooked up by Kimmel and his staff as a prank. It turns out “Caitlin Heller” isn’t even the name of the girl in the video — she’s a stuntwoman named Daphne Avalon who collaborated with Jimmy on the video.

Kimmel claims that he and his staff uploaded the video, titled “Worst Twerk Fail EVER – Girl Catches Fire!,” a couple of months ago and it just took off in the last week thanks to Miley Cyrus grinding all over Alan Thicke’s son on national television. (The video is dated September 3rd, but whatever you say, Jimmy.) The video spread last week like the fire running up “Caitlin’s” leg, and as Jimmy pointed out, tons of media outlets played the video with such attention-grabbing headlines as “Worst Twerking Fail Ever” and “The End of Twerking?” Jimmy even sneaks in a dig at the media, saying “good thing nothing is happening in Syria right now.”

Of course, many people questioned the validity of the video, wondering why a) someone would upload such a video to YouTube themselves and b) who exactly twerks by doing a handstand against a door.

You win, Jimmy. We all needed a release from the constant discussions of twerking and wanted to laugh at this supposed “fail.” But what did you expect? Did you really think that every media outlet would not cover the video? That’s like throwing a bunch of icky fish guts at a shark and telling him not to chow down. It’s just cruel, Jimmy.

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