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George Clooney Was Original Target Of Sacha Baron Cohen's Oscars Prank

Ryan Seacrest says 'The Dictator' was sincerely apologetic for dumping ashes on him at the Oscars when he ran into Sacha Baron Cohen and wife Isla Fisher on the set of 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend.

"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,'" Seacrest said on his radio show Monday.

"I didn't realize her husband, The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen, was doing a walk-on cameo. He comes off stage, comes over to me, breaks character and says sorry about the Oscars, it wasn't personal."

"He was very apologetic and genuine and kind and sweet. He was still wearing The Dictator stuff so it was strangely ironic, but then he started to telling me how it all 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 added that Cohen had sent him a jacket after the red carpet incident that was later donated to charity.

May 8, 2012 |

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