Elan Gale's epic Twitter fight with a fellow U.S. Airways passenger has been revealed as a hoax.
The producer with ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" was flying to Los Angeles on American Thanksgiving when his flight suffered a delay, according to his tweets. He then began live tweeting, under the user name @theyearofelan, what he described as a distraught passenger arguing with airline staff over missing Thanksgiving with her family.
Gale's tweets eventually made headlines around the world after he engaged the distraught passenger, whom he identified as "Diane," in rounds of passive-aggressive note passing.
The exchange provided Twitter users with plenty of entertainment but Gale's latest tweets reveal he may have made the whole thing up. On Monday night, Gale tweeted a photo of "Diane," only to show an empty chair.
In less than a day, Gale's exploits went viral and critics were quick to shame him as "sexist" and heartless towards someone -- fictional or otherwise -- who was in distress.
Salon questioned the legitimacy of the whole thing from the get-go and described the incident as sexual harassment. Mary Anne Franks, a professor with University of Miami School of Law described his actions as a "narcissistic and casually sexist reaction" on HuffPost Live.
For his part, Gale shrugged off the remarks on Twitter, saying he was just providing entertainment on a slow news day.
The Huffington Post Canada has reached out to both U.S. Airways and Gale to clarify the matter. Neither have responded to an interview request at the time of publication.
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