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Ryan Seacrest Reveals Oscar Ash Dump Backstory (listen)

Sacha Baron Cohen, aka The Dictator, appeared on the “Today Show” and shed some light on his Oscar run-in that left Ryan Seacrest doused in the supposed ashes of Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Il. Seacrest also talked about the incident on his radio show.

Seacrest provided the inside story of how the Oscar incident came about, while Cohen just goofed on it with Matt Lauer, in character as The Dictator, also the title of his new film.

The kicker is that Seacrest was the secondary target. Cohen had hoped to dump the ashes on actor George Clooney, the television personality said. But Clooney was vetoed because he had too many nominations and on-stage appearances that night.

Seacrest talked about the incident on his morning radio show on KIIS-FM and also revealed that Cohen apologized for the incident. The two met backstage when Cohen appeared for a cameo on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

“He comes off stage, comes over to me, breaks character and says sorry about the Oscars, it wasn’t personal,” Seacrest said, adding that Cohen was “very very apologetic and genuine and kind and sweet.”

On the Today Show, Cohen was in full character as “Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen.” He also said the Oscar incident was a misunderstanding, but not for the reasons you may think.

“It was not Kim Jong-il’s ashes,” he declared. Jong-il was actually eaten by his “fat son” and became “Kim Jong-Yum.”

Check out the hilarious interview below, and Seacrest’s radio chat.

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