Jimmy Fallon shocked at the MTV Video Music Awards by dressing up as Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.
The talk show host was tasked with presenting the Video of the Year award at the annual ceremony on Sunday night (28Aug16), but stole the spotlight himself with a controversial impression of the disgraced athlete.
Jimmy, 41, stepped out in a tracksuit, a gold medal around his neck and a bleach blonde wig, then proceeded to make a series of risky jokes while pretending to be Ryan, who hit headlines when he claimed he was robbed at gunpoint at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“Is it too late now to say sorry?” Jimmy quizzed the audience, citing Justin Bieber’s hit track Sorry to mock the sportsman.
He continued to list various spoof lies as Ryan, who on Friday (27Aug16) was charged with a false report after admitting he was in fact intoxicated when he claimed he and his teammates were held at gunpoint by criminals in Brazil.
Jimmy joked he was responsible for all the videos up for the Video of the Year gong, adding, “I had a 30-way with Kanye West. I made Lemonade with Queen Bey. I’m Reezy with the good hair!”, in reference to Beyonce’s famous lyric which hinted at her husband Jay Z’s infidelity.
It didn’t stop there though as Jimmy even made comments aimed at Ryan’s exaggerated claim by asking the audience who had the best video of the year.
“I can’t tell you that,” he quipped. “I couldn’t tell you even if there was a gun to my head, which there isn’t, but I still couldn’t choose.”
Fellow Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who presented earlier in the evening, couldn’t hide his shock at Jimmy’s performance as he was caught on camera saying, “Oh my God!” However he appeared to see the funny side of things, even taking his phone out to document the shenanigans.