Jimmy Kimmel has topped his own prank skills with a viral video from the 2014 Winter Olympics. When luger Kate Hansen posted a video of a wolf in her Sochi hotel hallway, more than 1 million fell for the gag.
Hansen posted the video to YouTube on Wednesday (Feb. 19), with the title “Epic #SochiFail: Wolf in my hall.” The short video did indeed appear to show a wolf or a large, wolfish dog wandering a hallway and filmed through a cracked-open door.
But it turns out this is a fake. Kimmel admitted as much when he posted to Twitter on the following day:
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 20, 2014
The motivation and story behind Hansen and Kimmel’s prank collaboration should be explained on Thursday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” With reporters and Olympians describing poor hotel conditions at the beginning of the Olympics, a wolf roaming the hallway isn’t a huge stretch.