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Sacha Baron Cohen Targets 'Real Housewives of Orange County' Stars in 'Who Is America?'

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Howard Dean on Who Is America?

Sacha Baron Cohen targeted liberal politicians — including former presidential candidates Jill Stein and Howard Dean — as well as reality show couple Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley (formerly of The Real Housewives of Orange County) for the penultimate episode of his Showtime series, Who Is America?

While Dean was one of the targets named in initial reports of the series, tabloids wrote about Rossi and Smiley's prank back in February — but somehow no one linked it to the series once it was announced. The couple said they only figured out it was Baron Cohen when Tito Ortiz told them at a photo shoot shortly after that he thought he'd been duped by the comedian.

Here's who else the comedian targeted this week: 

Target: Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley, former Real Housewives of Orange County stars
Character: Col. Erran Morad
What Happened: Baron Cohen's Israeli self-defense expert visited the home of the two Housewives stars to teach them how to defend their bathroom through music. Baron Cohen played the cello and hit on Rossi, and the couple politely took his card as he left.
Response: While Rossi and Smiley weren't named in initial reports about the series, Page Six reported back in February that the duo had been pranked by the comedian for an as-yet-unknown project. 

Target: Jill Stein, former presidential candidate
Character: Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., PhD
What Happened: Ruddick asked Stein whether she believed in climate change but showed her a graph about how the temperature changes over one year. "You're demonstrating how the seasons change," she explained to him. When he told her about his theory that the CIA was weaponizing weather, she interrupted him to explain what actually creates hurricanes.
Response: None as of airtime.

Target: Howard Dean, former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont governor
Character: Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., PhD
What Happened: Ruddick's segment with Dean focused on the question of whether Hillary Clinton is a woman — using "evidence" of a photoshopped picture of the shape of a penis in Clinton's pants. "I could make up a picture of Donald Trump in drag," Dean countered, but conceded that he "had not" seen what Reddick called her "lady parts."
Response: Dean was one of the politicians named in the Drudge Report's initial reveal of some of Baron Cohen's targets ahead of the series premiere. Before the episode aired, Baron Cohen posted a clip of Dean's segment on his Twitter account.

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