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Showtime Responds to Misinformation About Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who is America?' Series

Showtime is speaking out in response to misinformation that is in the media about a character Sacha Baron Cohen is playing on his new series Who Is America?

The character Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D. has been referred to as a disabled veteran in some reports and Sarah Palin credits this information as why she granted an interview for the show.

“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?” the network said in the statement.

Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that. 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,” the statement continued.

“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. In both the interview with Governor Palin and the interview with Senator Sanders, he did not wear military apparel of any kind,” the network concluded.


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Sacha Baron Cohen Discusses Arming Schoolchildren in 'Who Is America?' First Look - Watch Now!

Sacha Baron Cohen is providing the first look at his upcoming show, Who Is America?

The 10-minute teaser was released on Sunday (July 15) ahead of the show’s premiere later in the evening.

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During the segment, Sacha (in character as Col. Erran Morad) discusses guns – and suggests arming schoolchildren instead of teachers – with Virginia Citizens Defense League, Republican congressmen, Joe Walsh and executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America.

Who Is America? explores the diverse individuals who populate our unique nation, and features Sacha experimenting in the playground of 2018 America. The seven-episode series premieres on Sunday (July 15) at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Sarah Palin Slams 'Evil' Sacha Baron Cohen for Tricking Her Into Fake Interview for His New Show

Sarah Palin is claiming she was “duped” into a fake interview with Sacha Baron Cohen for his upcoming show Who Is America?

The 54-year-old former Governor of Alaska took to Facebook on Tuesday (July 10) to slam the 46-year-old actor/comedian for tricking her into believing that he was a disabled U.S. veteran for fake interview for his upcoming show.

“Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha,” Sarah writes. “Feel better now? I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humor’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime.”

Sarah went on to reveal that she and one of her daughters were asked to travel across the country for what she believed was an interview to honor American Vets – where she encountered a “heavily disguised” Sacha in a “fake wheelchair.”

“I sat through a long ‘interview’ full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm — but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin,” Sarah continued. “The disrespect of our U.S. military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.”

Sarah also claims that the show’s production team purposefully dropped her and her daughter off at the wrong Washington, D.C. in an attempt for her to miss her flight home after the interview.

Sacha‘s show Who Is America? will premiere on Sunday (July 15) at 10pm ET on Showtime.

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Secret Project Revealed as Showtime Series 'Who Is America?'

Sacha Baron Cohen has a new comedy series coming to Showtime this Sunday – get ready for Who is America?

The 46-year-old comedian has been teasing a special project, and now we know it’s a seven episode, half hour series that will debut on Sunday (July 15) at 10pm ET. The series will explore “explore the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation.” The project also seems to involve Donald Trump.

“Sacha is a comedic genius who shocks you with his audacity, bravery and inventiveness,” Showtime president David Nevins said. “He is the premier provocateur of our time, but not for the sake of ‘gotcha’ moments. Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics. Nobody knows how to cause a stir like Sacha Baron Cohen, and it’s going to be fascinating to watch what happens when WHO IS AMERICA? is released on the world.”

The First Teaser for Sacha Baron Cohen's Upcoming Showtime Series Is Here - Watch Now!

Sacha Baron Cohen is about to unveil a whole new character!

The 46-year-old actor and comedian confirmed his mysterious upcoming Showtime series, due to premiere on July 15, with a new teaser on Sunday (July 8).

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“Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year,” the teaser reveals, as well as a clip of Dick Cheney signing a waterboard kit.

The new character is described as “shameless,” “unhinged,” and “cold-blooded.”

The show will reportedly be called Who Is America? as revealed by posters hanging in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Watch the teaser below!