Dry-Erase Board Quitter Reveals Herself As Hoax

Yesterday, the web was abuzz with the story of a young woman named Jenny who quit her job by e-mailing everyone a series of photos in which she outed her boss as a lazy, Farmville-playing jerk. Well, we’ve all been had as the woman outed herself as an actress and the whole quitting thing as a hoax.

The folks at thechive.com, the site where the pics first showed up yesterday, admitted to cooking up the hoax earlier today in yet another series of photos where “Jenny” confesses to being an actress named Elyse Porterfield.

Let’s just hope JetBlue doesn’t come out and reveal that the whole hatch-blowing, slide-jumping flight attendant thing is for an upcoming reality show.

A word from Jenny (16 Photos) [thechive.com]


Edit Your Comment

  1. backinpgh says:

    Boo. Not a funny hoax.

    • Hands says:

      Au contraire. Unless you’re Spencer.

    • dbeahn says:

      I agree! Not funny! *Freaking HILL-AIR-EE-OUS*

      Anything I see on the internet along these lines I automatically assume is just entertainment. If it turns out to be true (Jet Blue!) then great, if not, I got a laugh.

      • regis-s says:

        I thought it was pretty good as well. I hope it helps her at least get some auditions.

        In hindsight I guess people should have wondered about a website called “thechive.com”. As in “The Onion” fake news site.

      • watchwhathappens says:

        I disagree. As standalone comedy, it masquerades as “clever”. It’s only clever if it’s real

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      Well, I was kind of suspicious when I saw that it was from The Chive. It sounds like they’re trying to be a baby The Onion.

      • Alter_ego says:

        Until you wrote it out as two separate words, I had been reading every reference to the site as thearchive.com. Now I know what it says, I have no idea how my brain made that leap.

  2. umbriago says:

    Not that I ever saw this in the first place, “thechive.com,” but thanks for outing yourself as a site I won’t ever bother visiting.

    • craptastico says:

      it’s a pretty funny site actually. it has nothing to do with news, generally it’s just a collection of funny pictures. this was not like what they usually post

  3. sufreak says:

    Hilarious! I was had, like everyone else. And in hindsight, it was funny.

    C’mon, lighten up people!

    • DariusC says:

      I had a feeling it was fake. In this economy? Come on people, nobody else thought this young girl would have been stupid for quitting her job in such a manner and letting it go all over the news? No employer would touch her after seeing that news.

      You didn’t get me, lady.

  4. danmac says:

    I don’t know why, but I completely forgive her and hope that her pretend boss burns in hell.

  5. c!tizen says:

    Lied to by another woman… should have seen that one coming.

  6. cosby says:

    If your an “actress” and you are best known for pictures of yourself holding a sign I would recomend rethinking about your future.

    When I saw the first story on this the other day the first thing I thought of was how long she would be at her new job before they saw the pics and canned her ass.

    • Blueberry Scone says:


      If I were a casting director, I could see casting her as “cute girl #1” or something. But nothing about this hoax screams “give her the lead, or at least a good role!”

      What’s the point of this stunt? Sure, she gets her name out, but she’s not exactly advertising her acting skills.

      • dbeahn says:

        Doesn’t matter. If she gets a few parts as “cute girl #1” then those are parts she wouldn’t have gotten. After landing “Cute Girl #1” and then “Young Woman #4” she’ll know people in the biz, and that leads to the 3 line part “Muffy” which then gets her 8 lines as “Rachel” etc. etc.

        And ever single casting call she goes to they’ll ALL know her:

        “Hey! You’re the girl from the farmville boss thing! Man, that was hysterical!” It’s never bad when they like you as soon as you walk in the room =]

      • Djwei says:

        She’s advertising her facial expressions and range of emotions, also she can look good wearing/not wearing business attire. Reminds me of Jessica Chobot in the looks department a little

      • failurate says:

        Her skill is looking dang cute. And she will get paid for that. At least until she turns 27 or so. Then she might actually have to do something.
        I have a feeling we will definitely see her again.

      • smonkey says:

        Everyone’s got bills to pay…

    • digital0verdose says:

      Yeah, I guess all actors start of with multi-million dollar gigs and never have to work their way to those pay-days.

      • AI says:

        Maybe not, but they usually start with some form of acting, not just sign holding. I can sign hold, but I doubt I can act.

        • digital0verdose says:

          If you took the time to actually look through all the links the Chive has given out and read instead of assume you would learn that this was a simple photo shoot and this girl is currently doing theater work.

          Does that count as acting?

        • regis-s says:

          It doesn’t mean she can act. It just gets her noticed. It sets her apart from the thousands of other pretty brunettes out there trying become actresses as well.

        • moorie679 says:

          Harrison Ford got his start because he was a cabinet maker/installer. He went to Hollywood to become an actor but then gave up on it, he was installing cabinets at George Luca’s house and he got the part to play Han Solo, rest is history.

          • MongoAngryMongoSmash says:


            He was an actor in college, primarily to pick up chicks but pursued it afterwards and became a contracted player by Columbia. He hated the lack of roles and the politics and gave it up. THEN, he became a carpenter after reading books in the library and was actually installing cabinets in Lucas’ home when he got the role in American Graffiti.

            He was working on a door at Zoetrope studios while they were casting Star Wars. Lucas didn’t want to cast people from his other films so he simply asked Ford to read with other actors. He got the role because he rocked the Casbah.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      IIRC, Mel Gibson showed up to a audition all beat up. And because of that, he won the role in Mad Max. And now you know….The Rest Of The Story.

      • MongoAngryMongoSmash says:

        +1 for Paul Harvey

        but you should have worked in an advertisement for Maxwell House coffee or something.

    • regis-s says:

      Courtney Cox danced with Bruce Springsteen in a music video. Pamela Anderson wore a tight t-shirt to a football game. Canadian football game at that. What’s your point exactly?

    • wanpakumono says:

      It’s “you’re” not “your.”

      (pet peeve)

    • BDSanta2001 says:

      I guess crashing White House parties is to “Been There, Done That” for her.

  7. Sunflower1970 says:


    Well, it still gave me a good laugh :-)

  8. KyleOrton says:

    Isn’t a hoax to be more elaborate and impressive in execution?

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      Yeah, this isn’t a hoax, it’s just a lie.

    • JonBonWonton says:

      It’s the Internet Amplification Ray at work- everything is more important on the Internet.
      Pranks become hoaxes, modifications become hacks, and notes become missives.

    • craptastico says:

      i agree. this was just a waste of time. even if it was true it was only mildly funny. it just reeks of trying too hard. the girl is cute though, there’s no arguing that.

  9. Caprica Six says:

    she’s still cute!

  10. ben gardners boat says:

    I would say I told you so, but I didn’t tell anyone. I imediately thought this was just another pretty aspiring actress trying to get some exposure.

    It was a good one, though.

    • H3ion says:

      “Aspiring” is the correct word as she has no listing on IMDB; not even a work in progress.

    • Conformist138 says:

      I’ll say it. I thought the girl was too pretty, the story too perfect, and the photos too well-done. Hoped it was real and that it was just that awesome, but figured it wouldn’t be. Actually, the JetBlue guy was a clue, too. What were the odds of two such fantastic “Take this job and shove it!” stories so close together?

  11. xspook says:

    HOPA is a HOAX

  12. the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

    I care just enough to say that the whole hoax/publicity stunt thing on the internetz is getting old. It worked for The Blair Witch Project, but since then everything is suspect.

  13. chalkboard17 says:

    Yeah, someone who plays 19.7 hours of Farmville at work doesn’t seem like they’d have a chance with a HOPA.

  14. ThePrettiestStar says:

    Duped. *sigh*

  15. Lollerface says:

    Funny and well done. I regularly read theChive, it’s a very funny site. And kudos for outing themselves so quickly and letting everyone in on the joke.

  16. pantheonoutcast says:

    I remember saying yesterday that I would hire her if I was in a position to do so. Coincidentally, If Elyse is ever in NY, I know a few producers and casting directors involved in the off-Broadway, indie theater scene…

  17. MuffinSangria says:

    I don’t get it. What’s the joke? Most people take what they read on the internet with a grain of salt anyway, or at least they should. It’s not real, ok, whatever. Nothing new.

    • Marshmelly says:

      The joke is that they portrayed it as real, and it turned out to not be real. I understand not believing everything on the internet, but it wasn’t THAT unrealistic. If its plausible and presented as fact I’ll usually believe it until proven otherwise.

      • MuffinSangria says:

        I understand that. However, it’s such an old “joke” that something on the internet isn’t real. It’s just not shocking or funny anymore. Just to clarify myself, I just don’t get why they went to all the trouble.

  18. Unicorn-Chaser says:

    Silly twat.

  19. aloria says:

    Oh. What a shocker. I am completely blown away by this news.

  20. msky says:

    well, this is not really news. We already knew that this was not real, so just confirming what the owser of the site confirmed fore is just trying to stay in the news. stop it.

  21. Puddy Tat says:

    For her we need to think of a way she can make it up to us all….. hmmmmmm how about a tatoo across your forhead Elyse?

  22. msky says:

    how long before she does penthouse?

    • craptastico says:

      about one month less than it’d take for me to buy said penthouse. it’d be refreshing to see a girl in there that doesn’t look like a stripper

  23. wanpakumono says:

    I did wonder about her many different expressions in her different photos…..not enough to think it was a hoax, but enough to think there was more to this than we were told.

    Well played!

  24. Minj says:

    I don’t know why people are thinking that she is a hoaxing (does that word exist?) mastermind. She’s just yet another actress in LA who answered an ad in Craigslist. All she had to do was stand in one spot, hold a sign, and change facial expressions.


  25. Jim Fletcher says:

    Hoax or not, the mythical Spencer was right… she *is* a hot piece of…

  26. suburbancowboy says:

    Shouldn’t a good hoax be something where we are made to believe something that isn’t real (as in the supernatural) or something implausible actually happened?

    This was a believeable situation, so it isn’t really a good hoax.
    It’s more like just a lie, or a BS story.

    Now if the last few photos had her levitating out of the office and making her boss spontaneously combust, that would be a good hoax.

  27. Coupon says:

    I refuse to believe that anyone fell for this while in their right mind.

  28. JollyJumjuck says:


  29. Puddy Tat says:

    And her soon to be next to last staring roll as the former HPOA Jenny – now checking into celebrity rehab with John Sizemore and former pop star Britney Spears!

    We will see her in the corner rocking back and forth saying I was a STAR, I played Jenny who quit her job by e-mailing everyone a series of photos as you see her drunkenly slurring – I was some body….!

  30. Brent says:

    I’ve added “Elyse Porterfield” to my list of unfunny actors.

  31. Arcaeris says:

    Don’t care, she’s still gorgeous.

  32. savvy9999 says:

    what’s holding the board in pic #8? inquiring minds want to know!

  33. aleck says:

    Cudos for exploring the viral marketing venue. I guess I now trust the news off the internet a little bit less. And it was not much trust to start with.

  34. QrazyQat says:

    Boing boing had this down as a hoax right off.

  35. pottedmeat says:

    The funniest bit of this was the thought that someone was actually brave/crazy/stupid enough to quit their job. It was funny because it was relatable to anyone with fantasies of giving their pointy-haired boss the middle finger as they walked away.

    Now that we know it’s not real… it’s not really that funny anymore.

  36. infected says:

    Meh, I’d still hit it.

  37. Nuc says:

    It was cute..but no surprise it wasn’t real.

  38. Jabberkaty says:

    Ah well, hilarious nonetheless. I do wish it was real. I love me a good quittin’ story.

  39. mythago says:

    It was hilarious as a comedy bit. As a hoax it’s kind of obvious and dumb.

  40. Aaron Poehler says:

    Lame. Go soak your heads, schmucks who came up with this–no one likes being lied to.

  41. watch me boogie says:

    I’m kind of astonished (and saddened) that anyone thought this was real. It was so obviously a performance. Clever and funny, but obviously fake.

  42. Buckus says:

    A very attractive hoax, at that…

  43. MercuryPDX says:


  44. Chris J. Stone says:

    Couldn’t you have just updated the original post? This story barely deserves its own article on this site, let alone two. With all this attention on The Consumerist, you’d think that one of her messages included her opinion on the Double Down…

  45. filmbuffy says:

    I thought this girl was way too cute!!? Just her cheesy faces she’s making were really over the top. Something just didn’t sit right with me. So I am very happy to see this was fake. Good! Because nobody at all will be able to quit as AWESOME as the Jet Blue dude. He is my hero.

  46. Levk says:

    eh, when she quit it did not effect me, when i was told it was fake it did not effect me, so in reality it does not effect me. but she is hot $$

  47. BurtReynolds says:

    My conclusion remains the same as it was the first time I saw this whole thing. “She is pretty hot”.

  48. YdoUthinkURright says:

    Jeez…Is anyone sick of every person grabbing onto any thing to get their 15 minutes. Here is an idea, go act and see if you actually have talent. Enough of the Paris Hilton famous for nothing people.

  49. JulesNoctambule says:

    So my initial response of not giving a damn about the story was correct! Lovely.

  50. CFinWV says:

    Not surprised, I had a feeling it was fake considering unless she had a way to document those allegations she could be sued.