In his new series Who Is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen pranks prominent Americans like Bernie Sanders, Dick Cheney, and ... Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley? That's right! The comic recently filmed an encounter with the unsuspecting The Real Housewives of Orange County alums. And unlike Sarah Palin — who was less than thrilled to be on the receiving end of Baron Cohen's shenanigans — Gretchen and Slade were stoked.
In the Who Is America? episode that aired on August 19, Baron Cohen posed as an Israeli anti-terrorism expert, and he pretended to teach the couple how to protect themselves from home invasion.
"The production company called us beforehand to tell us about the show and what to expect. And what they said to us was, ‘Look, this is a Mousad agent from Israel … he’s a huge Trump supporter and he’s this and he’s that and we just want to make sure you’re not going to be offended by anything he’s saying or doing," Gretchen told Page Six.
When Baron Cohen pulled out guns and zip ties at one point (yikes!), Gretchen began to worry that the prankster was part of an actual terrorist group — and Slade even wanted to call the police. But, now that the truth has come out, Gretchen says: "I’m so honored that Sacha Cohen thought to prank me and Slade! To even be on his radar in any aspect, I feel honored that he even wants to be hanging out with us.”
For his part, Slade said: "I think that he’s busting these political figures and these well-known individuals and he’s exposing almost the lies that they’ve been telling. He had us for four hours because he never got us. He never got us to break or to do anything that was controversial because that’s not who we are."