Odds are that if you spend any amount of time on the Internet (which, if you’re reading this, I assume is true), you’ve seen a video that’s been making the rounds for the past week or so. Called “Worst Twerk Fail EVER,” it was posted by a girl named Caitlin Heller, who met with disaster when she tried to make a sexy twerk video for her boyfriend. In case you need a refresher, watch it here:
The video went viral, getting covered by everything from gossip sites to television news shows—although not everyone was convinced that it was real. Something this hilarious (and potentially dangerous) just HAD to be fake, right?
Well, good news, conspiracy theorists: You have officially earned the right to say “I told you so.” The video was a hoax orchestrated by none other than Jimmy Kimmel; “Caitlin Heller” doesn’t even exist. Her real name is Daphne Avalon, and she’s a stuntwoman. She’s a University of Southern California graduate and still right at the beginning of her career, but if you’re a gamer, you might know her as the horse lady from the live action Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer (she’s at about the 30-second mark). Follow her on Twitter @daphneavalon.
Here’s how the creation of the viral hit went down:
Jimmy and Daphne shot the video two months ago and posted it to YouTube on September 3… and then they just let it be. They didn’t send it to any television stations; Jimmy didn’t Tweet it; they didn’t sent it to any websites; they just stuck it on YouTube and, as Jimmy says, “let the magic happen.” And happen, it did—the video garnered a mind-blowing nine million views in less than a week. It’s a pretty impressive display of the power of the Internet, no?
And just to clear things up: Given that the video was shot way back in July, Miley Cyrus’ wackadoo VMA performance isn’t ACTUALLY to blame for it—although the timing did turn out to be rather fortuitous. I wonder if it would have gone viral as quickly as it did without that little added boost of gossip?
Anyhoo, here’s the big reveal—including the rest of the footage they shot and didn’t include with the original video, which is PRICELESS:
Good one, Jimmy. You got us!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.