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'Twerk Fail' Viral Video a Fake By Jimmy Kimmel

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It was the epic 'twerking' fail heard 'round the Internet: A young woman trying to make a sexy home video of herself doing the popular ass-shaking dance move popularized by Miley Cyrus ends up catching on fire when she crash-lands into a lit candle.

Turns out it was all a fake, orchestrated by TV's Jimmy Kimmel, who revealed Monday night that the young woman is a stunt performer, and the video was done by his crew.

The video, posted by its star, Caitlin Heller, drew nearly 10 million views, prompting the incendiary twerker to update her listing with this note after it went viral: "WOW! Didn't expect all this attention. I'm fine. Just a little embarrassed!! THX!!"

But as Kimmel divulged on air, Caitlin Heller isn't even the woman's real name. She's stuntwoman Daphne Avalon, and she was sworn to secrecy about the prank.

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Kimmel aired a series of clips showing just how far-flung the video's popularity was, with mentions all over local Los Angeles news as well as on national networks like MSNBC and shows like "The View."

I guess we can't blame Miley Cyrus for everything these days.