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Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Uggie’s honor questioned by Jimmy Kimmel; dog adorably clears his name (Video)

Uggie, the one and only. (Ringo H.W. Chiu - AP)
On Tuesday night, the world was rocked by a scandal of epic proportions when Jimmy Kimmel cast doubt on whether Uggie, “The Artist’s” resident wonder dog, had really been making all of his press appearances.

Kimmel posited that an “imposter” dog, whom he dubbed “Fuggie,” had appeared on his show, “Ellen” and other programs because Uggie’s facial markings didn’t look the same in real life as they did in the film.

To hear the Golden Collar-winning dog’s honor questioned like this was upsetting, to say the least.

Kimmel, failing to secure an investigation by the FBI, had Uggie and his trainer Omar Van Muller on his program the following night to explain the confusion.

Uggie is, in fact, one of three dogs who appeared in “The Artist,” which won several Academy Awards. Uggie, his brother Dash and another Jack Russell named Dude wore makeup in order to match each other.

As Von Muller explained this, Uggie — who has retired from feature films and now serves as Nintendo’s spokesdog — lowered his head and put it between his paws. He also ate a treat. All was clearly forgiven.

I’m just glad this unpleasantness was cleared up before the White House Corespondents’ Dinner, which Uggie will attend as a guest of the Washington Times. This could have really messed up his security clearance.

Watch both segments below.

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