'Who is America?' Cohen splits critics with TV return

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But now the pay cabler is denying Cohen's character, Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D. who interviewed Bernie Sanders in the show's premier, is a veteran.

Cohen's show Who is America? debuted on Sunday night, and featured the comedian doing what he does best: donning disguises to trick politicians and other public figures into saying stupid shit, including endorsing the arming of toddlers.

"Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that", the statement read. "We knew the new series from Sacha Baron Cohen was going to be good, but we didn't think it'd be quite this good", which was based on former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin unleashing a furious blast of criticism at the former Ali G, Borat and Bruno star for "duping" her. In both, Cohen is seen seated in a wheelchair, has a prosthetic leg, and wears a MAGA had an an Army T-shirt.

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Ruddick is the same character Baron Cohen adopted while speaking with Palin, for a segment that has yet to air. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOn paper, Wilkie is the flawless candidate for VA secretary, but his qualifications go further Sacha Baron Cohen mulls arming toddlers with guns in inaugural episode Ocasio-Cortez to campaign with Bernie Sanders in Kansas MORE (I-Vt.), while in character as Ruddick. "Ya' got me, Sacha".

In the same Facebook post, Palin told Baron Cohen to "go ahead - air the footage".

"For my interview, my daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all", Palin wrote. Palin's claims that Baron Cohen had posed as a veteran led to many of her supporters, including fellow Who Is America? victim Joe Walsh, participating in a #BoycottShowtime campaign on Twitter.

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