Turns Out, Brilliant Jimmy Kimmel Was Behind the Internet's Girl-On-Fire Twerk Fail
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Turns Out, Brilliant Jimmy Kimmel Was Behind the Internet's Girl-On-Fire Twerk Fail

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | September 10, 2013 | Comments ()

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I’d seen headlines all over the Internet last week like “Twerk Fail Ends with Girl on Fire,” but I typically avoid posts that have the word “twerk” in it (no offense, twerkers). It wasn’t until this morning, when we learned that Jimmy Kimmel had been behind the viral video the entire time that I actually watched it, and you know what? It’s hilarious. You know what else? It’s even funnier knowing that it was staged by Kimmel. Kimmel clearly took Jon Lajoie’s viral video lessons from NTSF:SD:SUV and learned how to manufacture a spontaneous viral video fail. The video was posted two months ago, and it took nearly two months for it to finally take off, but once it did, it went gadzooks.

If you haven’t seen the viral video, here’s the unedited version (which is just like the edited version that got 10 million views, except here Jimmy Kimmel walks out in the end).

And here’s Kimmell and the stunt-woman discussing the prank, and the many, many news networks that ran with it.

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  • zeke_the_pig

    Kimmel, you manipulative dog! Well done you! Now we know where your talent lies.

  • BWeaves

    I think it's even funnier knowing that it's a fake. However, now that I know, there seemed to be a couple of giveaways. The way her tags weren't tucked in, and her underwear was showing, just wasn't really sexy. It just seemed like if you were going to record a twerk for your boyfriend, you would dress sexier for it.

  • firedmyass

    If "drolling" isn't already a thing, you just invented it.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Well, feck it, I got twerked.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I saw the video a few days ago and, while it was definitely funny, I was mostly just worried for the safety of the girl who caught fire. Bravo to Kimmel for putting one over on people.

  • NateMan

    That was my wife's feeling on it too. She was sitting there going "Why are people laughing? She caught on fire!"

    I was too busy laughing to justify it.

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