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.
The 46-year-old comedian, disguised as his billionaire playboy character Gio Monaldo, interviewed Simpson on Sunday’s episode and joked with the former murder suspect about being a fellow “ladykiller”.
In the segment, which took place in Las Vegas, Gio introduced his girlfriend, Christina, who pretended not to recognize Simpson. Gio tried to refresh her memory by explaining that he was a “Buffalo Bill” and appeared in the “Naked Gun” movies. It wasn’t until he made a “stabbing” motion that she finally remembered him.
“She knows that, oh Jesus,” Simpson said, as he laughed and shook his head.
After Christina left, Gio joked with Simpson about how “she’s gorgeous, but sometimes I want to kill her,” and explained how he wanted “to send her on a private helicopter and throw her over the Grand Canyon.”
Gio high-fived the former football player, who laughed and told him to “stop.” When the faux-fashion photographer said he should “maybe send her on a bungee jump,” Simpson suggested “the cord’s too long,” before laughing again.
When Gio asked for Simpson’s former defense lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, the Juice replied, “I would have to introduce you in the afterlife,” to which Gio asked, “What you didn’t kill him too, did you?”
“Me and you, we got something in common,” Gio said later in the interview. “We both, how you say, ‘ladykillers.’”
Simpson, again laughing, waved off the suggestion, saying, “No, I didn’t kill nobody.”
“Ah, I didn’t either,” Monaldo replied.
Some viewers expected the season finale to feature Sarah Palin; however, the segment never made it to air. In July, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate posted on her blog that she was “duped” by Cohen, writing that she had “fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humor’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime.”