A video that went viral about two years ago has finally been confirmed as a fake, or more accurately, a prank.
The Footy Show, which is a show about Australian rules football, aired a segment which has been nicknamed “Footy Show Marriage Rejection”, where a man took to a stage before a live TV audience to propose to his surprised girlfriend of three years.
A spokesperson for Channel 9, the network which airs the program, has confirmed that the proposal was a stunt.
“It was a set up to have a go at Fatty (host Paul Vautin) because it was his 50th birthday on Tuesday. He wasn’t in on it,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Until it was revealed that the proposal was a joke, many viewers were left assuming that the proposal was genuine and couldn’t help but feel sorry for the aspiring groom “Peter” whose supposed girlfriend “Katherine” left him red-faced after rejecting his marriage proposal and running off-stage.
“Ladies and gentleman prepare yourselves, we have one person in the crowd…his name is Peter and he has something he wants to tell you all. What is it you’d like to say?” Vautin begins.
“Ummm. Right happy birthday first. I’ve got a special girl here tonight I’ve been seeing…aaahhh Katherine. Been together about 3 years now, and yeah I wanna sorta go the next step…ahhh ask her to be my wife,” a nervous Peter says as he pulls out a box with a ring inside.
As the audience begins to applaud, he gets down on one knee, despite the fact that Katherine can be seen shaking her head.
“Katherine, will you make me the happiest man on earth and be my wife?” Peter asks.
“What are you doing? You can’t do this right now!” a terrified Katherine whispers.
“Just say yes!” Peter urges, but Katherine runs off the stage crying.
The shocked audience grows quiet as an awkward Peter is helped up off the floor.
“I told my Mom to record it…let me call my Dad to make sure he doesn’t record it,” an embarrassed Peter says.
“Good on you mate, didn’t go that well…ah hopefully it comes out for ya mate and goes good,” Vautin awkwardly says afterward.
You can check out the whole awkward exchange below.