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Writer: Eminem-Bruno MTV Stunt Was “Staged”

Make no butts about it: The Eminem-Sacha Baron Cohen showdown at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards was staged, a show writer has confirmed.

Viewers had been wondering whether the rapper was in on the joke, which involved Cohen (dressed as his flamboyant character Bruno) landing face-down in the rapper's lap.

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"Yes, the Eminem-Bruno incident was staged," head writer Scott Aukerman says on his blog. "They rehearsed it at dress [rehearsal] and yes, it went as far as it did on the live show."

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A source also confirmed the incident was staged to, as did awards show attendee Taraji P. Henson. "That was staged!," she told USA Today. "Do you really think it wasn't? They would not put a man's naked [butt] in Eminem's face and not let him know. Come on! They're not stupid."

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The show attracted 5.3 million viewers — the largest audience since the 2004 MTV Movie Awards.

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