With 9 million views in just six days on YouTube alone, the “Worst Twerk Fail EVER” video was hardly a failure — it was, not surprisingly, a very successful fake.
The girl in the too-good-to-be-true video, purportedly named Caitlin Heller, was actually a professional stunt woman named Daphne Avalon working for late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, the mastermind of the prank.
In the video, the woman is shown making a twerk video for her boyfriend. As she does a sexy handstand against the door, somebody opens it and knocks her down on a coffee table with lit candles. Her leg then catches on fire as she screams in terror.
“To the conspiracy theorists on the internet who thought the video was fake: You were right it was fake,” said Kimmel, after playing a longer version of the video which shows him with a fire extinguisher at the end.
The video was shot two months ago. long before Miley Cyrus twerked at the MTV VMAs.
“We just put it on YouTube and let the magic happen,” Kimmel explained.