British actor Sacha Baron Cohen Squeezes Juice In ‘Who Is America’ Finale inale ended with a special credit for Sarah Palin
As Showtime hinted might be the case a couple of weeks ago, Sarah Palin’s long-awaited segment on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? was ultimately left on the cutting room floor, failing to materialize as the series aired its seventh and final episode Sunday night.
Baron Cohen’s Showtime show featured the comedian playing a variety of characters who interviewed unwitting real people, frequently political figures and often got them to say and do some pretty stupid things. The final episode of “Who Is America?” Season 1 included segments featuring former Massachusetts Rep.
Barney Frank and O. J. Simpson, but the season concluded without airing a much-anticipated segment shot with the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate.
However, the very last thing viewers saw was a credit for the former Alaska governor that read “Special Publicity Consultant (Inadvertent)” above her name.
The Alaska Republican and former running mate of John McCain said last month she had been “duped” by Baron Cohen and claimed that the British comedian had disguised himself as a disabled veteran to interview her for his Showtime series.
Palin was the first major figure to come out with her own story about how Baron Cohen had “duped” her for the series, explaining how she and her daughter had flown across the country to sit for an extended interview with the British comedian, who had disguised himself as the right-wing conspiracy theorist Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick, Ph.D.
Palin said in a Facebook post that she was sent a request for a “legit opportunity” to honor American veterans and contribute to a “legit Showtime historical documentary.”
After Palin spoke out, numerous other political figures followed her lead by going public with their stories about how Baron Cohen had tricked them into making all kinds of offensive statements on camera.
Among those who, like Palin, came forward but did not make it into the series were former CNN Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord and a California gun store owner.
The Who Is America finale ended with a special credit for Sarah Palin…
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