Carter Wilkerson’s tweet asking Wendy’s for a year’s supply of free nuggets has surpassed Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie as the most retweeted tweet of all time, with a whopping 3.43 million retweets.
It all started with a simple tweet from Wilkerson asking the fast-food giant how many retweets would be needed for a year’s supply of free nuggets… to which Wendy’s responded, “18 million.”
“Consider it done,” Wilkerson said before tweeting a screen grab of the offer with the caption, “Help me please. A man needs his nuggs.”
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3
— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017
Despite failing to reach 18 million, he will get his free nuggets anyway, Wendy’s announced Tuesday. The fast-food chain will also make a $100,000 donation in Wilkerson’s name to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
“I want to give back. I am so blessed to have an opportunity to use my voice to support something I believe in. And really grateful to everyone who retweeted my post. They made this happen,” Wilkerson said in a statement.
“We could not be more excited for Carter for having broken the record of the most retweeted tweet of all time. We love Twitter because it lets us talk with people in real and fun ways, and they have been loving us back as a result,” Wendy’s chief marketing officer Kurt Kane said.
Last month, DeGeneres called up a Mediaite headline that suggested her record for the most-retweeted tweet could be in jeopardy when Wilkerson was only a few hundred thousand retweets away from claiming the title.
“If you think I’m going to lose that record to some chicken nugget kid, you are out of your clucking’ mind,” DeGeneres said before introducing a pre-taped segment featuring her and Cooper (who took the photo at the 2014 awards ceremony) begging viewers to share their tweet.