On Thursday’s episode of daytime talk show, DeGeneres called up a Mediaite headline that suggested her record for the most-retweeted tweet could be in jeopardy. 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson is only a few hundred thousand retweets away from claiming the title with a tweet asking the fast food chain Wendy’s for a year supply of free chicken nuggets.
DeGeneres’ celebrity-filled selfie from the Oscars currently holds the records with about 3.3 million retweets. Wilkerson’s tweet is not far behind at 2.9 million.
“If you think I’m going to lose that record to some chicken nugget kid, you are out of your cluckin’ mind,” DeGeneres said on Friday’s show, before introducing a pre-taped segment featuring her and Cooper (who took the photo at the 2014 awards ceremony) begging viewers to share their tweet.
On Thursday, DeGeneres challenged her viewers to retweet her every time they share Wilkerson’s tweet, which would help to maintain her record. Wilkerson and Wendy’s shot back, with the fast food company to donate $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption if he breaks her record.
“I’m angry because I worked so hard to set that record,” she said on Thursday’s show. “First, I got my own sitcom, and then I came out, and then I lost everything. This was part of the whole plan.”
“Then, I came back with my talk show and became so popular they asked me to host the Oscars,” she continued. “But I waited until they asked me to host the second time to finally make my move. Then, I gathered all the biggest stars into one selfie and challenged the world to share it. And boom, I achieved my goal of the most-retweeted tweet of all time. And this guy asked for nuggets?”
Watch the video of the original challenge below:
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