Ellen DeGeneres set a Twitter record for retweets with the star-filled selfie that Bradley Cooper took at the 2014 Oscars. That benchmark of 3.3 million retweets stood unchallenged — until now. Carter Wilkerson, 16, is on a quest to break that record. Should he succeed, he is hoping that the fast food chain Wendy’s will give him a free year’s supply of chicken nuggets.
With the current count for Wilkerson nearing 3 million retweets, DeGeneres spoke about the threat on both Thursday and Friday’s edition of her Emmy-winning daytime talker. “If you think I’m going to lose that record to some chicken nugget kid, you are out of your clucking mind.”
As she explained Thursday with tongue firmly planted in cheek, “I’m angry because I worked so hard to set that record. First, I got my own sitcom, and then I came out, and then I lost everything. This was part of the whole plan. Then, I came back with my talk show and became so popular they asked me to host the Oscars but I waited until they asked me to host the second time to finally make my move.” It was then, DeGeneres recounted, “that I gathered all the biggest stars into one selfie and challenged the world to share it. And boom, I achieved my goal of the most-retweeted tweet of all time.”
On Friday, she introduced a mock PSA that she made with Cooper in which the pair issue a passionate plea for people to retweet their pic every time that they forward Wilkerson’s original tweet. Wendy’s has responded to the challenge by pledging to make a $100,000 donation to a foundation for adoption established by the company founder, Dave Thomas. Will DeGeneres keep her record? Stay tuned.