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Ted Koppel Says Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Him on Interview

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Former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel (Diego Corredor/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:43 PM

The latest celebrity to admit being duped into an interview with comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel.

The 78-year-old Koppel told The Hollywood Reporter how Cohen, disguised as a wounded warrior in a wheelchair, arrived at his Maryland home with a camera crew last November.

Cohen, Koppel said, had an oxygen tank hanging from his wheelchair. Koppel is familiar with a setup like that because his wife suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

"I tried to engage him on that subject, but he seemed confused," Koppel said. "He clearly had no idea about what COPD is, and I felt sorry for the guy, which is obviously how you're supposed to feel."

The group eventually went into Koppel's home and Cohen began asking him questions about the size of President Donald Trump's inauguration crowd.

"When I disagreed [with it being the largest inauguration crowd ever], he showed me a photograph on his laptop of a huge inaugural crowd and a man holding a digital clock on a pole," Koppel said. "The clock said 11 p.m. My interviewer pointed out that if the crowd was that huge at 11, hours after the actual inauguration, it had to have been the biggest ever."

When Koppel noted it should not have been light outside at 11 p.m. ET, he said the interview went in another direction.

"He said maybe it was an eclipse, and I said if it were an eclipse, it would have been dark," Koppel said. "And he said maybe it was an eclipse of the moon and the sun eclipsed the moon. I said, 'Wait a second. The sun is many millions of miles away from the moon.' At that point, I realized something was really wrong. And that's when I said, 'Guys, I don't want to be rude; you're guests in my home. But we're done. Break down and time to leave.'"

In recent days, several celebrities — including former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — said Cohen tricked them into letting interviewing them for his upcoming Showtime program, "Who Is America?"

Cohen is a comedic actor who plays the role of characters he has created. His career highlights include the "Ali G" program and the "Borat" film.

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