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Sacha Baron Cohen Apologizes to Seacrest for Oscar Stunt

The Dictator personally apologizes to the E! host and reveals that George Clooney was the original target for his publicity stunt.
By: Ashley Baylen
Published: May 8th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News
The Dictator's stunt at the Academy AwardsPic: E!

Although extremely distasteful, The Dictator (aka Sacha Baron Cohen’s newest alter ego) did create at least one memorable moment at this year’s boring Oscar ceremony. On the red carpet before the ceremony began, The Dictator approached Ryan Seacrest for an interview. About a minute in, he “accidentally” poured what he claimed where Kim Jong-Il’s ashes all over the American Idol host’s suit and shoes.

The Dictator was taken away by security from the red carpet, but poor Seacrest was left covered in ashes (flour, most likely) while interviewing the rest of Hollywood’s elite.

Backstage at this weekend’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cohen went out of his way to apologize to Seacrest about the incident. Cohen’s wife, Isla Fisher, also apologizes on his behalf.

On Monday, Seacrest discussed the incident on his radio show.

“I saw Isla Fisher and I said hi, and she said these words, and then it dawned on me. She said, ‘I apologize for my husband.’ And I said, ‘Oh, yes, yes gotcha, thank you, thank you very much for saying that’… I didn’t realize her husband, The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen, was doing a walk-on cameo (on the show).

“He comes offstage, comes over to me, breaks character and says sorry about the Oscars. It wasn’t person. (He was) very very apologetic and genuine and kind and sweet,” Seacrest explains.

Cohen also revealed that Seacrest wasn’t intended to be the original target for the prank.

"He started telling me how it went down. Originally he said that they were going to spill whatever it was in that urn on George Clooney. Someone decided that wasn't a great idea because he was up for a lot of nominations, it was a big night that night. Then they somehow spun the wheel of tragedy and landed on my name," Seacrest reiterates.

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