Sacha Baron Cohen Dupes Sarah Palin

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'It was supposed to be this big-time Showtime documentary and it was passed on to me by a speaker's bureau, which I would assume had done some vetting, but, you know, this "comedian" is obviously very good at lying, at duping people'.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Moore says he accepted an all-expenses trip to Washington in February after being told he'd receive an award for supporting Israel.

"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", Palin wrote on Facebook.

Arpaio said he felt "uncomfortable" by some of the words that Cohen used in the interview, but never walked out.

She called Baron-Cohen "shallow Sacha boy" and said: "The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen's foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse" before calling on him and Showtime to donate the profits to a military vets' group.

In an interview with Breitbart News, Arpaio said he too was duped by Cohen, who posed as a famous Finnish comedian for their interview. "I am Dr Billy Wayne Ruddick, founder/ceo/accountant of Truthbrary.org and it was I that interviewed you".

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Ted Koppel says Sacha Baron Cohen, shown with wife Isla Fisher, duped him into an interview.

Cohen's Showtime series premieres on July 15.

Baron Cohen teased the "Who Is America?" series in a Twitter post Sunday, where an off-screen voice with an odd accent can be heard asking former Vice President Dick Cheney to "sign my waterboard kit". In fact, we just learned the name of the show four days ago, thanks to eagle-eyed Vulture editors who found a series of posters in Brooklyn over the weekend featuring Cohen's name and the show title, along with the tagline, "You've been warned". He added, "As for Mr. Cohen, whose art is trickery, deception and dishonesty, Alabama does not respect cowards who exhibit such traits!"

The interview later shifted to talk of Palin's political future and a possible run for office, with the former vice presidential nominee, saying: 'Perhaps it is in my future to get out there and serve the public.

Meanwhile, Moore threatened a lawsuit against Showtime, if the network "airs a defamatory attack on [his] character, Variety reported". Then he corrected himself. "And I said, I would not do that, of course".

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