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Showtime Refutes Sarah Palin’s Version of ‘Who Is America?’ Interview

Jul 16, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Showtime offered its own account of an interview that sparked controversy when former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin alleged that she was duped into thinking Sacha Baron Cohen was a disabled veteran when he interviewed her for his new series “Who Is America?”

The pay-cable channel releaswed a statement today saying: “There has been widespread misinformation over the past week about the character of Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D., performed by Sacha Baron Cohen on the Showtime comedy series ‘Who Is America?’ Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that.”

The statement adds: “In Sunday’s episode, during an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders, Baron Cohen in character as Dr. Ruddick was asked by the Senator if he is disabled, and he stated that he is not and uses a mobility scooter to conserve his energy. In addition, Baron Cohen never presented himself as a veteran of the U.S. military to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin during the booking process or during the filming of her interview, and contrary to her claims he did not appear in a wheelchair.”

You can click here to read Showtime’s full statement.

Here’s a clip from the show featuring Cohen’s interview with Sanders, released today by Showtime …

3 Comments

  1. Showtime lies, big shock.

  2. If you don’t know who Sasha Baron Cohen is, and your staff isn’t smart enough to do a little research about who is interviewing; you deserve what you get. This is what happens when you are desperate for attention and will do anything to get it.

  3. The makeup is better but the comedy is not. Pathetic.

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