Ryan Seacrest: I Didn’t Know What Sacha Baron Cohen Had Planned

Ryan Seacrest with Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator

updated 02/27/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 02/27/2012 AT 11:20 AM ET

It was the question of the night on the Oscars red carpet: Did Ryan Seacrest have any idea what was coming when he interviewed Sacha Baron Cohen’s alter-ego, The Dictator?

“I was surprised, but not surprised,” Seacrest said during his radio show Monday morning. And while he wasn’t expecting the interview to be without drama or incident, “I definitely did not know he was going to do that.”

“That,” of course, would be The Dictator dumping the contents of an urn – that supposedly contained the ashes of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il – all over the tuxedo-clad E! host.

After agreeing to do the interview, “in the back of my head I’m thinking, this guy isn’t coming as The Dictator to not do something. To what extent, I don’t know.” But as their chat progressed, Seacrest began to feel a sense of unease.

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