“Caitlin” (who is really a stuntwoman named Daphne) and Kimmel discussed the scientific process behind making a video go viral, which apparently goes like this: Set someone on fire. Put the video on YouTube. Wait for the Internet to work its magic. Kimmel swore that no one notified any TV stations, and the video naturally just caught the attention of the Internet. “Some people even blamed Miley Cyrus, as if it were her fault,” he joked.
He also delighted in showing the countless news outlets that fell for the hoax and played the video on air, from ABC’s “The View” to CBS’s “The Talk” to the fourth hour of the NBC’s “Today” show. “Good thing nothing’s happening in Syria right now,” Kimmel deadpanned.
In the end, Kimmel finally revealed the goal of his prank: “Thank you for helping us deceive the world,” he told Daphne the stuntwoman. “And hopefully, put an end to twerking forever.”