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Palin: I took off my mic and walked out when I realized Sacha Baron Cohen was tricking me

Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said that she stormed off the set of “a bizarre, really embarrassing, humiliating interview” when she realized she was being duped by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

Palin appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday to talk about the interview Baron Cohen staged for his new Showtime satirical series “Who is America?”

The former governor of Alaska told host Robin Roberts that Baron Cohen showed her “propaganda” about sex changes and transgender people and claimed that Chelsea Clinton was the “recipient of a government-funded sex change.”


“It got worse and worse and worse as the minutes went on in this bizarre, really embarrassing, humiliating interview,” Palin said. “It mocked middle class Americans, it mocked our values, it mocked the disabled.”

Palin said she had had “enough,” took off her microphone and walked out of the interview.

“Since then, nobody returns my call,” Palin said, adding that Baron Cohen’s producers had given her fake names and described the show as a Showtime documentary. She said the producers reached out to her through a speakers’ bureau. 

Palin said Baron Cohen was portraying himself as an injured military veteran. “Good Morning America” said that the producers refused to turn over a clip to verify her claim.

She has called on Baron Cohen to donate the profits from the upcoming show to military veterans’ groups.

“He thinks this kind of stuff is funny, and mocking the disabled and mocking and belittling our vets with his betrayal — in my book —  is not funny,” Palin said.

A Twitter account appearing to be from Baron Cohen’s character “Billy Wayne Ruddick” responded to Palin this week, saying she’s been “hit by a bullshit grenade” and is “bleedin’ fake news.”

Several other public figures —  including journalist Ted Koppel, ex-Alabama GOP candidate Roy Moore and former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio — have said they were fooled by Baron Cohen into interviews for his new show.

Tags Joe Arpaio Military veterans Robin Roberts Roy Moore Roy Moore Sacha Baron Cohen Sarah Palin Showtime Ted Koppel
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