And the British comedian has finally revealed the awkward reason.
“Just like her candidacy for vice president, she wasn’t good enough to make the show,” Baron Cohen said in the latest episode of The Daily Beast’s “The Last Laugh” podcast.
Palin called out Baron Cohen’s “evil, exploitive, sick ‘humor’” in a blistering Facebook post in July 2018 after he interviewed her for the show while in disguise.
The former Alaska governor’s criticism garnered immense publicity for the seven-episode series that was set to debut the following week.
Baron Cohen acknowledged feeling “quite a lot of pressure” from Showtime bosses to use the clip in the final edit, but said the interview ultimately “wasn’t very good.”
“You need someone to fully engage and answer the questions,” he added, but Palin “gave these rote answers as if she was on a presidential campaign.”
He did, however, tauntingly list her as “Special Publicity Consultant” in the last episode’s credits.
Baron Cohen did air his interviews with a number of other high profile political names.
He successfully got former Vice President Dick Cheney to sign a waterboard kit, punked GOP former Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore with a spoof pedophile detector and tricked gun rights activist Dan Roberts into putting a dildo in his mouth.