Must-see morning clip: Jimmy Kimmel reveals "twerking girl fail" viral video was a prank

The comedian tricked us in an effort to put an end to the twerking fad

Prachi Gupta
September 10, 2013 6:20PM (UTC)

Remember Caitlin Heller? You know, the twerking girl who caught on fire? Heller's clip got 9 million views on YouTube and made headlines across America, becoming a tongue-in-cheek, cautionary tale for those who emulate Miley Cyrus.

Well, it turns out that it was fake, planned by professional prankster Jimmy Kimmel and Hollywood stuntwoman Daphne Avalon. The two revealed the "director's cut" of the video last on on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."


The message in all of this? "Good thing nothing is happening in Syria right now," said Kimmel, as he thanked Avalon for participating. "Hopefully this will put an end to twerking forever."

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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