Will you accept this hoax? “Bachelor” producer Elan Gale has admitted that the airplane feud he live-tweeted between himself and a fellow passenger named Diane on Thanksgiving Day was fake. The 30-year-old L.A. native confessed to the act on Twitter Monday, Dec. 2, and said he was just being funny.
With growing speculation that Gale’s Turkey Day feud was all in jest, Gale took to Twitter to explain. “So many questions unanswered about Diane,” he wrote. “In 15 minutes I will post the photo and hopefully we can resolve all this.” Gale then posted a photo of an empty chair with the caption: Here is Diane sitting in a chair.”
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A commenter then asked the producer directly: "Did you make it up, yes or no?" Gale replied, "Yes." Soon after he added, "I conclude by saying hopefully a few people got a few laughs over a slow Thanksgiving weekend."
But many of Gale's followers didn't find the hoax to be funny. "Writing fiction and selling it as a documentary is more than just dishonest," one fan tweeted. "It's a BS PR scam of the highest order. SHAME." Gale responded, "Ha. all my tweets for three years have been humorous (or tried to be) if you didn't examine the context it's your fault. Not mine."
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While Gale was traveling home for the holidays, he live-tweeted a supposed feud with an allegedly rude, deranged passenger named Diane that quickly went viral. "Our flight is delayed. A woman on here is very upset because she has Thanksgiving plans. She is the only one obviously," he sarcastically tweeted. "Praying for her." Gale continued updating his over 144,000 followers with his interactions with distraught Diane, including posting photos of his hand-written notes to the "lady in 7A" and a glass of wine he gave her as gift. "Hopefully if you drink it, you won't be able to use your mouth to talk!" he wrote, later telling "Diane" via alleged note to "eat my d***."
Once Gale arrived at his destination, he posted a selfie with the caption: "Finally landed in LA. Gonna go hang out with my mom and be a good son. Love y'all. #SuckItDiane Happy Thanksgiving."