You might’ve forgotten all about the kerfuffle Sacha Baron Cohen caused at the Oscars when he dumped an urn of “ashes” on Ryan Seacrest while doing an interview in character as his “The Dictator” character, but Seacrest hasn’t.
The ‘crest, who appeared quite miffed on air after the incident (and disappeared for a while while he changed into some new clothes), says he finally spoke to Cohen about the whole thing when the two were both at “Saturday Night Live” on May 5.
“He comes off stage and comes over to me,” Seacrest says on his morning radio show May 7. “He breaks character and says, ‘Sorry about the Oscars. It wasn’t personal.’ He was very, very apologetic and genuine. He was still wearing ‘The Dictator’ stuff so it was strangely ironic, but then he started to tell me how it all went down!”
So, how did Seacrest become the target of the stunt? “Originally they were going to spill whatever was in that urn on George Clooney! [Cohen] said, ‘We were going to do it on George Clooney, and then someone decided that it wasn’t a great idea because he was up for a lot of nominations. It was big night for him that night.’ Then they somehow spun the Wheel of Tragedy and it landed on my name. It must have been a ten minute conversation.”
Listen to Seacrest explain the whole conversation below: