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Clint Eastwood

Reality Show Did NOT

Set Up Obama Schtick

8/31/2012 1:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Clint Eastwood
was NOT put up to his painful Barack Obama schtick last night by the producers of his family's reality show -- in fact, sources close to the legend tell TMZ, Clint "acts that way all the time at home."

There's been a lot of speculation -- Clint's bit was so awful ... there's no way it wasn't a setup for reality TV ... but we're told it really wasn't. The whole thing was Clint's idea, and even his family had no clue what he planned to do on stage.

According to sources, Clint's family's reality show "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" has not officially been picked up for a 2nd season and they're not currently in production -- so there's no way producers could have had a hand in last night's trainwreck.  

We’re told Clint's family believes his speech was widely misunderstood -- Clint just has a dry sense of humor that people don't understand.

Sure.

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Annie     

A sad display for a great actor IMO

601 days ago
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obama'saracist    

TMZ your liberal bias is showing,go read yahoo and the clint support

601 days ago
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Been Bitten By The Coo Coo Bug     

I hope this does not reflect that Republicans are living in a dream world.

601 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

Good lord! All this negative talk about his speech is ridiculous and just intended for hype. He stammered and said, "Uh" or "Um" a ton of times. Other than that, I understood what he was saying and found it entertaining. People should quit ragging on the older man!!!

601 days ago
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I LOVE MY NIPPLES    

TMZ, leave the LIVING LEGEND alone! You stupid blind Democrats!...Romney for President!!

601 days ago
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Meggie24    

"We’re told Clint's family believes his speech was widely misunderstood -- Clint just has a dry sense of humor that people don't understand."

No, we understand. It was just stupid and not funny.

601 days ago
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Grumpyswife    

The man is aging ... he is a living legend ..... he did a terrific job and I understood every word. He did not use a teleprompter which shows he is still a quick thinker. Loved it!

601 days ago
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Meggie24    

Clint Eastwood just summed up the GOP's enitre strategy: made-up one-sided arguments against an enemy that doesn't exist.

601 days ago
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Yankeemon90    

Anyone that makes fun of Clint Eastwood for stammering is beyond sick! The man is 82 years old! And just because you don't have the brains to understand his jokes, that doesn't mean that they weren't funny. Clint was hilarious last night! Shame on TMZ and the people that are making fun of Clint Eastwood!

601 days ago
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Alyssa    

"Dry sense of humor" = "talking to an empty chair and calling it the President of the US."

???

601 days ago
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tmzdon'tsurf    

TMZ... ease up on the insanely obvious liberal bias. The guy's 82 years old, and gave a speech ad lib in front of a crowd of thousands.

I thought it was hilarious and gave some to-the-point statements about where Obama has failed.

"Clint's bit was so awful" Give me a break... especially coming from an organization that makes it's living reporting D list celebrity DUI's.

601 days ago
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truthteller    

No, I think Clint is just senile.

601 days ago
13.

Carl    

It wasn't that I didn't get it, I did. It was that it just wasn't very funny.

601 days ago
14.

Just_Me    

The senile old fart needs to sit down somewhere.

601 days ago
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Somerville    

It wasn't painful. It was great and hilarious. The "empty chair" now has over 50,000 followers on Twitter

601 days ago
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