Much to the relief, no doubt, of Broadcast Fairness and Standards, Sacha Baron Cohen will not be a presenter at this year's Academy Awards.
"He was asked," Oscar broadcast producer Laura Ziskin said Friday, "but he declined."
Baron Cohen has been reluctant to make appearances as himself, preferring to do interviews as Borat Sagdiyev, star of the faux documentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."
Still, there had been speculation that the comedian's participation in the show would bring a welcome shot of adrenaline to the broadcast.
Baron Cohen's acceptance speech when he won the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a motion picture - musical or comedy was an homage to co-star Ken Davitian's naked backside, a feat hard to imagine at the more solemn Academy Awards.
The film is up for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay, so even though he won't be presenting on Feb. 25, Baron Cohen could still wind up taking the stage, along with four other writers, as a winner.
And then, all bets are off.
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