As the annual MTV Video Music Awards came to a close late Sunday night, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon blazed onto the stage to present the highly anticipated 2016 Video of the Year Award with an interesting costume choice.
Standing before us was not the entertainer of a late-night show, but the bleached blond, tracksuit-clad Olympic gold medalist, Ryan Lochte.
Having sparked controversy at this season’s summer games for initially alleging he and his fellow swimmers had been pulled over in their taxi and robbed with a gun cocked to his head, the swimmer’s conduct turned into Fallon’s punchline.
“Who had the best video of the year? I can’t tell you that. They are all so amazing and so talented, I could never pick,” he joked at the mic. “I could not tell you even if there was a gun to my head.”
Fallon subsequently played off of Lochte’s penchant for stretching the truth by claiming he was the mastermind behind all of this year’s nominated videos.
“I directed all five nominees. What an amazing year I’ve had! I taught Drake the ‘Hotline Bling’ dance,” he said. “I made Lemonade with Queen Bey.”
While it was a high-risk sketch so close to the real events, the crowd appeared completely amused by the bit, including Lochte’s fellow teammate and competitor, Phelps. While the most decorated Olympian of time comfortably took in the show from his seat in the crowd alongside fiancé Nicole Johnson, the couple definitely got a kick out of the joke.