Sacha Baron Cohen Apologizes to Ryan Seacrest For Oscar Stunt
After dumping an urn full of ashes on Ryan Seacrest at the Academy Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen apologized to the “American Idol” host and revealed the big Hollywood star he originally planned to soil with incinerated human remains.
“The Dictator” star and Seacrest had another run-in backstage at “Saturday Night Live,” this past weekend, during which Baron Cohen took the opportunity to apologize for his red carpet stunt. Moments after his “Weekend Update” walk-on cameo, the actor broke out of his “Dictator” character to make amends with the smiley Seacrest.
“He comes off stage, comes over to me, breaks character and says sorry about the Oscars, it wasn’t personal,” said Seacrest during his KIIS-FM radio show.
Indeed it wasn’t, as Baron Cohen told Seacrest he had another celebrity in mind his “Dictator” prank, George Clooney.
“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,” explained Seacrest.
Though Seacrest took the gag in stride, we’re left to wonder how Hollywood’s most celebrated leading man and outspoken political activist would’ve reacted to having “The Dictator” dump a pile of ash on his Armani duds.