Who Is America?: Sacha Baron Cohen tries to draw OJ Simpson confession

Eloise Marshall
August 28, 2018

Sacha Baron Cohen has fooled many celebrities and politicians throughout the first season of his satirical show "Who Is America?" and in the season finale, he turned his attention to one of his most controversial guests yet, O.J. Simpson. It sounds like there won't be any more of this particular show, though; despite Showtime president David Nevins' previous comments that he was "dying to bring [the show] back, Baron Cohen tweeted Sunday that the finale was the "last EVER show of Who Is America". Palin was nowhere to be found, even though she revealed in July that Cohen's team tricked her into appearing on the show by calling the interview an opportunity to honor American veterans for what she called a "legit Showtime historical documentary".

In the episode, Sacha dressed as Gio Monaldo, an Italian billionaire. At one point, Monaldo makes stabbing gestures, and his girlfriend appears to understand who he is based on that.

"She's gorgeous but sometimes I want to kill her, you know", Gio said with a laugh.

The interview was awkward and Simpson laughed and told Gio to "stop". OJ laughs but asks Cohen to stop. You're not O.J. the movie star. We both, how you say, ladykillers, ' he tells him.

Let's examine Who Is America? "We had been divorced and separated for two years", Simpson said.

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Cohen, as Monaldo, also says he wants to be introduced to Simpson's defence lawyer, Johnnie Cochran.

Cohen's character then proceeded to give Simpson a high-five.

The Palin interview never aired on the series with no explanation as to why it was cut from Cohen.

Instead, Palin was featured in the credits and actually called a "Special Publicity Consultant (Inadvertent)".

OJ Simpson, whose fame originally stemmed from his athletic career but later became notoriety after he was accused of killing his wife and her lover, was the subject of a circus-like murder trial.

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