Who Was Sacha Baron Cohen's Original Oscars-Night Target?

The Dictator apologized to Seacrest for pouring ashes on his tux -- and admitted he actually had another star in mind for his prank

Ryan Seacrest is a very good sport -- which the world witnessed on Oscars night when The Dictator, a.k.a. Sacha Baron Cohen, spilled an urn full of ashes on the TV personality. But the E! News host finally got to the bottom of why the role-playing comedian chose him to prank that night.

The American Idol host received a personal apology from Cohen while he was hanging out backstage on the set of last week's Saturday Night Live. On his morning radio show May 7, Seacrest explained how he bumped into actress Isla Fisher at SNL.

Seacrest, 37, who had no idea Fisher's husband Cohen was planning a walk-on spot to "Weekend Update" detailed the encounter: "I saw Isla Fisher and I said hi, and she said these words, and then it dawned on me. She said, 'I apologize for my husband.' And I said, 'Oh, yes, yes, gotcha, thank you, thank you very much for saying that'…"

Moments later, The Dictator himself walked right past Seacrest without uttering a word and performed his stint (with surprise guest Martin Scorsese) with "Weekend Update" host Seth Meyers. But when Cohen, 40, was done, he broke character and talked to Seacrest.

"He comes off stage, comes over to me, breaks character and says sorry about the Oscars, it wasn't personal," Seacrest explained, adding that Cohen was "very very apologetic and genuine and kind and sweet."

Cohen confessed to Seacrest that originally he was planning to prank a completely different Oscar attendee.

"Then he started telling me how it went down…Originally he said that they were going to spill whatever it was in that urn on George Clooney. Someone decided that wasn't a great idea because he was up for a lot of nominations, it was a big night that night. Then they somehow spun the wheel of tragedy and landed on my name."

Sounds like Clooney owes Seacrest a thank you!

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