Eminem Admits That He Was In On The Joke

"I'm thrilled that we pulled this off better than we rehearsed it."

Confirming what many folks had already suspected (and one MTV writer had previously confirmed himself), Eminem spoke with Rap Radar and admitted that he was totally in on the ass-in-face gag that comic Sacha Baron Cohen pulled off at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards this past Sunday night. As you may recall, Cohen — while promoting his upcoming new movie Brüno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Maledescended from the rafters dressed as an angel and landed in Eminem‘s lap, making sure to thrust his entire bare ass in his face in the process. Eminem, who looked visibly upset, got up and stormed out of the awards show ceremony. Today we learn from him that the whole thing was staged from the start. Here is a pic of Em and Sacha at the MTV Movie Awards rehearsal and portions of his interview with Rap Radar:


Three days ago at the MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen caused a firestorm as “Bruno” when he landed ass first on Eminem. Many speculated for the days whether the stunt was staged or real, with everyone speaking except the man himself. Breaking his silence, Em spoke exclusively to Rap Radar about the entire “ordeal”.

RR: Can you clear up the Bruno stunt at the MTV Awards? Was it staged or planned?
Eminem: Sacha called me when we were in Europe and he had an idea to do something outrageous at the Movie Awards. I’m a big fan of his work so I agreed to get involved with the gag.

If it wasn’t planned the way you agreed to, do you hold MTV or Sacha responsible and will you take any kind of action?

I’m thrilled that we pulled this off better than we rehearsed it. It had so many people going “nuts” so to speak. Everyone was blowing me up about it.

After you left the ceremony, where did you go?
After the ceremony I went back to my hotel and laughed uncontrollably for about 3 hours. Especially after I saw it on air.

And that, folks, should settle matters. I am very glad to know that Eminem is a good sport and that he can take a joke, especially being the prankster that he is. The producers of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards (headed by Mark Burnett Productions) should deffo be commended on pulling off a great awards show this year. They managed to put on an entertaining show and pulled off a gag that got a lot of buzz for days to come after it was all said and done. Staged or not, you’ve got to admit that the gag was pretty funny. Well done, MTV, Eminem and Sacha Baron Cohen.

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  1. JJ

    He’s definitely a better sport than I thought. I always saw him as one of those people who could dish it out to everyone else but couldn’t take it himself after his beef with Moby. Glad to see I was wrong.

  2. gokarm

    Good grief, how quickly folks forget. Eminem can act. 8 Mile was a good film because of him. He can ESPECIALLY act angry, I mean, that’s not exactly a stretch for him. I think it would have been more transparent if Eminem and Bruno started making out…come to think of it…I’m off to write some fan fiction.

  3. Mishell

    ♫His bum was on your lips!!! His bum was on your lips!!!♫

  4. jo

    I’m still skeptical…why would he take so long to address it? I feel like he saw all of the reactions of people basically calling him out for nto having a sense of humor and decided to turn it around after the fact…oh well, alls well that ends well hah.

  5. michi

    LMAO @mishell.

  6. What did I say, he’s a good actor. I would have said yes to Sacha, too. haha.

  7. staci

    you can’t blame folks for thinking he was serious. moby, triumph the fucking fake dog?! bruno would have been his third strike of no-sense-of-humor. guess he’s cooler with taint in his face than anyone thought.

  8. christine

    um, does anyone else think eminem looks kinda ill in that picture? not a good pic of him

  9. Renee

    that stunt rocked! i pissed myself laughing! borat/bruno i luv you! hahahahahahahaha!

  10. Doesn’t confirm that he was in on it, only that they rehearsed something and it went better than planned.

    “If it wasn’t planned the way you agreed to, do you hold MTV or Sacha responsible and will you take any kind of action?” and he calls it a “gag” but doesn’t say he was in on the full thing…

  11. TRUENYC

    Eminem sucks, hes a homophobe and says derogatory things about the LGBT community all the time. so what if hes friendly with Elton John? At least he finally admitted he likes man junk in his face.

  12. Krissy

    I think it is so funny, there were so many people that thought he took himself too seriously to be in on the joke. I agree with the people that said it earlier, Eminem is a good actor.

  13. troyS

    The gag was hilarious but the second part–the “then I spoil the fun by storming off like bad sport” part–I don’t understand.

  14. Tracy

    I still don’t like him. At all.

  15. Elle O. Elle

    Is that really the full title of the Bruno movie? Ugh, I like SBC, but that’s a bit too close to the full title of Borat.

  16. la princesa

    Hooray! I love Eminem!

  17. Joanne

    “If it wasn’t planned the way you agreed to, do you hold MTV or Sacha responsible and will you take any kind of action?” … NOTE: he ignore’s the question.
    From what I’ve read Eminem was not at the rehearsal and when he says he “laughed uncontrollably for about 3 hours” … I don’t believe him. I think everyone involved is backtracking.

  18. jennie

    I believe him, he has never been one to back down just because its the pc thing to do. and if you can dish it you gotta be able to take it , its only fair

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