Ryan Seacrest Reacts to Being Target of ‘Dictator’ Prank on Red Carpet

Feb 27, 2012  •  Post A Comment

After getting the “ashes of Kim Jong Il” dumped on him on the Oscars red carpet by Sacha Baron Cohen’s character from “The Dictator,” Ryan Seacrest revealed that he was concerned something like that might happen when he interviewed “Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen.”

But he said he was definitely not in on the prank, the New York Daily News reports.

Seacrest said today on his radio show: "I remember before the show, whoever makes that movie franchise, they called the office and said, ‘Hey would you guys be interested in “The Dictator”?’ And we said sure, that’s fine. When we said yes, in the back of my head, I’m thinking this guy is coming as ‘The Dictator,’ and not to do something, to what extent, I don’t know, but to not do something …"

Then Seacrest became the punch line to Cohen’s joke, as previously reported, with Cohen shouting out as he was being hustled away by security that Seacrest could tell people he was wearing Kim Jong Il.

Seacrest said he survived the prank by having another jacket handy.

"My mom told me as a young ‘Live from the Red Carpet’ reporter, she said, you always want to make sure if you can that you have two jackets. You never know what’s going to happen, you never know what you’re going to spill on yourself," he said, according to the Daily News story. "And you want to be red carpet ready at all times because that’s your job, to be red carpet ready at all times because you’re a red carpet host. So I had another jacket."

During the interview, Seacrest had a feeling it was going too smoothly. "[Cohen] comes over and I ask him a couple of questions and, you know when in your gut, you’re like, ‘Something is going too normally’? It just didn’t seem like he would put all that on to just answer a couple of questions," Seacrest said, according to the report.

Video of the prank can be seen by clicking here.

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