“Breakfast TV…. why do you have me on?”

By David Knox on May 3, 2012 / Filed Under News 15

“Breakfast TV…. why do you have me on?” asked Admiral General Aladeen, aka The Dictator.

It was a question they must have been asking themselves….

Yesterday Sacha Baron Cohen gave an unmissable interview live on the Today show which left Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson and Richard Wilkins squirming in their seats and blushing at the best of them.

You know when you can hear the crew laughing it’s priceless telly. They’ve seen ‘em all.

Admiral General Aladeen let fly with insults directed at women, Jews, gays, Asians, Ryan Seacrest and more.

He hit on Lisa “sugar tits” Wilkinson, inviting her back to his country.

He said Julia Gillard should have a sex change and become female.

He said Peter Slipper should remember the first rule of a politician – ”only sexually harass female staff … the boys will always talk” and reminded Craig Thomson ”when you pay for hookers, don’t use the government card … I know it’s tempting because of the air miles, but you have to do what’s right.”

Nine has confirmed it received complaints following the segment.

”We are handling any complaints in an appropriate manner,” a network spokesperson said. ”But that said, we have had fewer complaints on this than other similar comedy moments.”

Media watchdog ACMA also received complaints.

But for their efforts, Today beat Sunrise in the ratings. Which is probably why they had him on.

You can see the full 7:15mins here. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Source: WA Today


  1. Rayne May 4, 2012 at 9:40 am -

    I changed the channel. Boring, stupid and unfunny.

  2. rach May 4, 2012 at 8:03 am -

    Ok, I may be called backwards, but what are “sugar tits”???

  3. Guy May 4, 2012 at 12:51 am -

    Its hilarious and i hate Today but what moron let him come on the TV at breakfast. Sorry but its inappropriate for brekkie tv.

  4. Kirk May 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm -

    I find him hilarious! And stays in character practically the entire time.

  5. Secret Squirrel May 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm -

    Cohen’s humour is tasteless but doesn’t warrant a complaint (other than it being very tired – I was over him by the time the Ali G movie came out).

  6. T-Mac May 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm -

    One of them should have asked him a question about Isla Fisher, just to see how he’d react.

  7. George May 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm -

    I love Today, but a very awkward interview.
    Generally, we can trust Karl to match any humour made by the guest, but it was definetely tense in that studio! Perhaps a pre-recorded interview would’ve been better here… At least they beat Sunrise!

  8. steve sydney May 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm -

    I can imagine those sending in compaints are the same people who don’t realize it’s a send up.

  9. Ronnie May 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm -

    Hysterically funny – even funnier on Breakfast TV. Those 3 vanilla beans were dumbstruck and very afraid. LMAO.

  10. Aaron May 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm -

    From the opening line of “Hello Sugartits” I thought it’d be interesting … he’s right though, whoever booked him is either an idiot who didn’t do their research, or someone with big balls willing to put them on the line for ratings.

    Seriously funny though, more so purely to hear the crew cracking up in the background – I’m sure Karl would have loved it though – his type of humour :)

  11. roaringdave May 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm -

    @ Maverick : You listen to Vile and his blonde mate? Oh dear.

  12. J Bar May 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm -

    He also used the same jokes on The Project, the night before.

  13. Maverick May 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm -

    This segment would have been funny if he hadn’t used the exact same jokes on the Kyle and Jackie O Show yesterday.

  14. MuchoTB May 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm -

    That’s awesome!! So much more entertaining than their usual boring informercial shit, and interviews with experts on extremely rudimentary things like the amount of sugar in vegetables

  15. J Bar May 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm -

    Ratings were boosted, so that’s alright then???

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