Ryan Seacrest has brushed off Sacha Baron Cohen’s Dictator stunt at the 2012 Oscars – which saw him covered in the “ashes” of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-II’ at the most glamorous event of the year.
While the so called “ashes” turned out to be nothing more than powdered pancake mix, the TV host finally took to his Twitter to respond to the incident, and fortunately, was pretty forgiving about the whole ordeal.
“My mom always told me to pack two jackets for red carpets, always wondered why. Now I know,” Seacrest tweeted, then quipped, “A lot of people hitting up afterparties tonight…me? I’m hosting a pancake breakfast tomorrow.”
Seacrest, 37, also took time on his radio show yesterday to talk about the prank:
“I was surprised, but not surprised. I definitely did not know that he was going to do that,” Seacrest said on On Air with Ryan Seacrest.
Ryan knew immediately that Sacha Baron Cohen had deliberately tipped over the golden urn – which featured the face of the late North Korean leader – onto his tuxedo, but he managed to remain calm and was grateful for packing a spare jacket.
Recalling the incident, he added:
“He comes over and I asked him a couple of questions but I was thinking ‘This guy isn’t coming as the Dictator to not do something’… you know in your gut, you feel like, ‘This is going too normally.'”
Seacrest suspected trouble too late to save his designer garb.
While Ryan was surprisingly cool about the prank, several stars have already spoken out about the controversial stunt, with Piers Morgan commenting that it was “not funny”.
Watch Sacha Baron Cohen prank Ryan Seacrest below and decide for yourself: Was the stunt funny or completely inappropriate for an event like the Oscars?