June 3rd, 2009
07:52 PM ET

Eminem: In on the Joke

It was a gag folks! 

Just in case you were losing sleep over whether or not Eminem was in on the joke at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, he's gone on record to www.rapradar.com about the incident. We're talking about the stunt where Sacha Baron Cohen, after swinging across the audience on a wire,  landed face first in the rapper's lap, with his naked rear conveniently cradling Eminem's face.  

When asked about it being staged, Eminem told the site that he was a big fan of Cohen and agreed to go along with the gag.  The rapper said that they "pulled this off better than we rehearsed it."

So what about storming out of the auditorium?  Eminem tells rapradar.com that he went back to his hotel and laughed uncontrollably for about 3 hours. Especially after seeing it on air.

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  1. marquee.blogs.cnn.com

    Eminem speaks out.. Awesome 🙂

    April 20, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Angela

    I'm with the guy who says Eminem isjust saying he was in on it so it doesn't make him look so bad.And i think Mtv approached himandprobably made a deal ...because everyone was dissing mtv after the joke.
    I don't like mtv anyway used to love it in the 80s and 90s when they actually were about music videos.
    Anyway back toeminmen i totallly dont think he was in on it no matter what he says.
    You cannot fake the look of horror on his face and why would you no matter how wierd you are.....why would you want aperson of the same sex's butt and other parts in your face.If he was in on it and i don't think he was that just says he is a very sick person himself.Very tastelesss joke.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Triump

    He just trying to save grace. Or did he know he was going to have Cohen junk, and butt in his face, I wander how manny times they rehersed that part. Besides remember a few years ago how much he cried when Triump the dog tried to have fun with him. He a tool, not cool.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. char

    i didnt think he was in on it at first..but im glad to see he does have a sense of humor... apparently quite an actor,as well, to pull that off...i TOTALLY thought he was not in it, he was pretty PO'ed...glad to see he can totally make fun of himself /allow himself to be subjected to that..

    June 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Warren

    Thank goodness this burning national issue has been settled!

    June 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ralph

    Obviously, many of the posters here don't realize the extent to which celebrities will go to be in the news: hence the reason why they are millionaires while folks like us are relegated to posting on the cnn site. Truth is, Sasha and Eminem needed publicity for their latest gigs and they certainly got it. All the "fallout" including the comments here are simply free publicity. Those saying that "he looked really mad" tend to forget that Eminem, while not at the same acting level as Cohen, can look as angry as the best of them. What did you expect him to do? Laugh after acting insulted hence breaking the entire setup? You may not like M&M and I'm no fan, but when it comes to career you've got to give credit where credit is due: these maestros pulled it off by not only making the news but by being the news, compliments of the morons saying, "Dude, no WAY man he was in on it, he was really pissed- great that M&M was the butt of a joke".

    June 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. donlizard

    Whether he was in on the joke or not, he IS a joke.

    June 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tim

    That's a total lie...no way was he in on it.

    June 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Karen

    I might have believed that he was in on it except for the fact that he said he went back to his hotel room and laughed uncontrollably for about three hours over something that wasn't even funny let alone that funny. Sounds like a crock to me. Maybe he was just too stunned to know what was going to happen and get up and move out of the way and Bruno's stunt worked as perfectly as possible. In that case, if I were as embarassed as Eminem I would want to say I was in on it too.

    June 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. David

    That butt was close to his face he could smell the sweet stnich of the rosebud....Hell no that wasn't stage..He was PISSED

    June 4, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. really??

    .you all are haters he seen him coming down very slow he could have moved i knew it was fake . i wouldn't have stayed in my seat with a man falling slow into my face..

    June 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. really??

    you all are haters he seen him coming down very slow he could have moved i knew it was fake . i wouldn't have stayed in my seat with a man falling slow into my face

    June 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tellthetruthplease

    "In on the joke"?? YEAH SURE! Transparent spin control by publicists worried about his loss of homophobic street cred...

    June 4, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. peter

    it was so staged. guys, if you were sitting and a man was about to fall in your lap, wouldn't your reaction be to stand up and get the hell out of the way? bruno fit all too perfectly in marshal's crotch for it not to be fake!

    June 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Irene

    I agree with John. If he wasn't in on the joke, he would have moved. I thought it was hilarious. Eminem does have a sense of humor, he has to with the lyrics he comes out with!

    June 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Angi

    If you take a look at the video his "bodyguards" were swinging Cohen around not punching him as an earlier poster said. If they were not all involved in the gag I expect a few punches would have been thrown in and Cohen could have been arrested for sexual harassment / contact. Not to mention Eminem looked up and saw him slowly descending... he could have moved as there was plenty of time to do so.

    June 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. c7

    He wa not in on this awful silly vulgar act of MTV I think he is just trying to save face as the someone else stated. It was gross and uncalled for. It is stunts like this that leads me to agree with censorship! MTV should be fined for this idiotic act by the FCC. Janet Jackson was singing and had a wardrobe malfunction this idiot not funny Sacha or whatever his name is was clearly mimicking a gay sex act. YUCK!

    June 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  18. steven

    Robert I guess you have never heard of 'playing along with the joke' ? Good Grief.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Elliot

    do you really think eminem is sweating $60,000? $60,000 to him is like $50 to me.

    I'm sure he was in on it, you could tell from watching it. Hilarious!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  20. JaneDoe

    Don't believe it either. He was reallllllllllllly pi ed.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  21. Andrew

    Finnally Eminem is the BUTT of one of his jokes.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  22. lmmart15

    There were also reports by MTV that he didn't make it to rehearsals. Maybe that's a lie as well . . . it's one big ruse . . . a conspiracy!!! 🙂 Who cares! If it was real good, if it was staged and he played a long good. Either way Eminem walks away with the publicity intended.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |


    June 4, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  24. steven

    What goes around comes around Eminem remember that next time you make fun of people in your video.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  25. Paul

    Lying lowlife

    June 4, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  26. Damage

    He probably paid Baron to make the statement...

    June 4, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  27. jacob

    I think it was staged because he has always had a prank at the mtv movie award show.... He is the greatest at that and a talented hip hop artist who will always be around

    June 4, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  28. Ian

    Eminem definitely was not in on the joke. I agree with Robert, he was pissed off. The guy wants to be seen as a cool dude, 24/7 and when someone makes him the "butt" of a joke, he gets angry. Yep, he's lying when he says he was in on it. Zero sense of humor and itching for revenge.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  29. justdaniel

    There's no way he was in on it, he's not that good of an actor to pull of that look and reaction!

    June 4, 2009 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  30. Alex D.

    Spin zone; rapper in desperate need of promotion because his latest work is not selling good? Agreeing to MTV to be the butt -or the face-for-the-butt- of a joke and then have MTV abuse it MTV Eminem is nothing, and now instead of getting with the times and move on to the www, he still relies on his little boy antics, and l won´t call them gay antics because it is offensive to gays, he is not growing old gracefully to say the least, l want to hear from Cohen, what does he say about this?

    June 4, 2009 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  31. Frank


    Eminem has a record coming out and Sascha a movie. Use your head man.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  32. Tim

    Did you read the article on RapRadar? He said that is a lie – he didn't get robbed.
    "The only thing was that I lost a Nike watch that we were looking for. The rest it is made-up like half the other stuff out there."

    June 4, 2009 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  33. Lukas, New York, NY

    He was miked, folks! That should tell you everything.

    Good for Eminem for finally chillin' out about his image.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  34. John

    He was obviously in on it. Do you know how hard it is to rig someone to fall as precisely as Cohen did into his lap? This take the coordination and cooperation of both parties. If he hadn't been in on it he would have had more than enough time to dodge the "Bruno Bullet."

    June 4, 2009 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  35. LBW

    It was still stupid.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  36. Helene Leone

    I'm sorry but Eminem does not strike me as the type as being in on a joke like that. I just don't think he would see the humor in that particular situation... I believe he is trying to cover up for a truly embarassing situation and a pretty gross one, I might add.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  37. Joe

    I buy it. Both Cohen and Eminem are shock entertainers. They love doing something that will get people talking, whether its good or bad. They figure any press is good press and obviously neither really care what people say about them.

    As for the necklace, I'm sure he has insurance.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  38. Robert

    Oh and apparently his Hotel room was burglarized and a 60,000 neclace was stolen during the time he was at the award show.
    Did he laugh his @#$ off for 3 hours before or after finding out he was robbed.

    Eminem is great! Cool dude but I dont buy his story.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  39. Robert

    BS. He did NOT know about it. Did you see the look on his face and how angry his entourage was. Eminem is just saying this because he is trying to save face...LOL....save face

    June 4, 2009 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
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    June 4, 2009 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  41. Dan

    It's good to know that Eminem has such a good sense of humor and that along with dishing it out, he can take it too.

    June 4, 2009 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |

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