Was Jay Leno's gas pump viral video staged?

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   May 13, 2013 at 12:42 AM  |  Updated May 13, 2013 at 8:11 PM   |   Comments

May 13 (UPI) -- As part of a regular Jay Leno segment called "Pumpcast News," in which an actor pretends to be a news reporter who talks to people filling up their tanks, Will and Monifa Sims delivered a spectacular karaoke performance at their local gas station.

The couple's renditions of Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer" and "Sweet Dreams" were so impressive, that the "Tonight Show" host invited them on the program to perform.


According to a new report by The Smoking Gun, Jay Leno's viral video prank might have been completely staged, with trained actors pretending to be the Sims couple.

The site claims that Will and Monifa are actually trained actors from Chicago, as opposed to the trainer and bartender they pretended to be during their appearance on "The Tonight Show." And Monifa appeared on a previous "Pumpcast News" segment in 2011.

In an interview with "The Smoking Gun," Monifa admitted to being an actress, but said that "Tonight Show" producers made up fake jobs because they “[didn't] want people to think that they planned this thing.”

She chalked her two appearances on the "Pumpcast News" segment down to coincidence.

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