OMG, Wendy's "nugget boy" just broke Ellen DeGeneres' Twitter record — and got his free chicken nuggets
Ellen DeGeneres‘ reign as the Queen of Twitter has ended.
On Tuesday morning, 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson dethroned the talk show giant from her perch as the person behind Twitter’ most-retweeted tweet of all time — beating the record she earned for her famous 2014 Oscars selfie.
It was an impressive feat for the Reno, Nevada “shy” high school student, who up until a month ago had only 138 followers of his own.
The teen, nicknamed “Nugget Boy” by the internet, skyrocketed to viral stardom over the past few weeks after his now-famous tweet asking Wendy’s how many retweets he needs for a year’s supply of free chicken nuggets. The fast food chain responded with the seemingly arbitrary number of 18 million. That didn’t scare off Wilkerson, who wrote “consider it done” before pleading for help.
The Internet came through in a big way. And while Wilkerson is still 15 million away from the goal, Wendy’s is calling the contest in his favor.
In honor of his record-breaking success, the company is providing him with a year’s worth of free nuggets — plus a $100,000 donation in Wilkerson’s name to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which finds loving homes for children in foster care.
Wilkerson, meanwhile, now has over 100,000 Twitter followers of his own. And he’s using his fame to raise additional dollars for the cause on his website, nuggsforcarter.com.
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DeGeneres, for what it’s worth, appeared to be a good sport about the whole thing — though she didn’t go down without a fight.
On April 18, the 59-year-old comedian had Wilkerson on her show, where she issued a stern warning to him if he continued down his path to breaking her record. “Carter, you mess with the bull, you get the horns,” she joked.
She even offered him a 55-inch TCL Roku 4k TV and a year’s supply of her famous Ellen underwear if he would back off.
“If somehow you pass me Carter, I will come to your house, I will take that TV back, I will take the underwear back and do more,” she joked, encouraging all those who retweet Wilkerson to retweet her too. “If you get 18 million somehow, by some miracle, you get 18 million, I’ll have another gift for you, but you can’t pass me, I have to be above that!”
Her threat seemed to last with Wilkerson. Even though he’s now a champ, his mind was still with DeGeneres on Tuesday morning.
“Hey @TheEllenShow sorry about that…,” he tweeted. “Can I still keep my TV and Underwear??”
No response from DeGeneres has come… yet.