Ryan Seacrest, who was surprised during his coverage of the Oscars in January when Sasha Baron Cohen dumped “ashes” over him on the red carpet, was once again caught off guard by the comedian.
During Seacrest’s radio show, the “American Idol” host revealed that he bumped into Cohen and his wife backstage at “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, where Cohen had an in-character cameo as Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen on “Weekend Update.”
“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.”
After Cohen came off stage, Seacrest said that he also apologized for the incident, which had actually been designed for a certain movie star.
“He comes off stage, comes over to me, breaks character and says sorry about the Oscars, it wasn’t personal,” Seacrest relayed, adding that Cohen was “very very apologetic and genuine and kind and sweet.”
“Then 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.”
Here’s the clip of Cohen on “SNL”…