Ellen DeGeneres pulls off surprise for viral McDonalds Fil-Ams

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 18 2018 05:50 AM | Updated as of Sep 18 2018 05:14 PM

MANILA - Two Filipino-American friends appeared Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after going viral with their fake McDonald's poster.

College students Jevh Maravilla and Christian Toledo got invited to guest on Ellen after impressing the American talk show host.

"I know a great prank when I see one," said DeGeneres, a self-proclaimed prankster herself.

"It's an honor. This is crazy," the pair's response on their national TV appearance.

Maravilla and Toledo narrated how they pulled off the prank, but little did they know, they were in for more surprise.

DeGeneres revealed that McDonald's will be using them for a marketing campaign. They received $25,000 each.

The pair's stunt has garnered more than 1 million likes and 259,000 retweets as of posting. 

The video documenting their prank has also became viral with more than 1 million views.

(The entire video of how they carried out their plan can be seen here.)  

In the interview, Maravilla said he and his friends were inspired by the movie "Crazy Rich Asians." 

"'Crazy Rich Asians'" was really a big influence on me. It really pushed me over," he said.

"So we wanted to be like crazy middle class...or maybe lower middle class," Toledo said in jest.