LOS ANGELES – U.S. late-night comedy host Jimmy Kimmel triggered a wave of online debate Tuesday after revealing that a “Twerk Fail” video that went viral was actually a fake stunt for his show.
The video, of a woman apparently setting herself on fire while doing the pelvis-gyrating dance move recently made famous by former teen star Miley Cyrus in a controversial awards show performance, was watched by 9.3 million people.
On Monday, Kimmel showcased the video, initially on the basis that it had gone hugely viral — but then suddenly appeared himself in the clip, and dousing the flames with a fire extinguisher. “To the conspiracy theorists . . . who thought the video was fake, you were right,” he then said, revealing that the hapless twerker, was in fact a stunt woman who made the video with Kimmel about two months ago.