Looks like Sean Spicer stayed in Los Angeles after his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week for one big reason — to crash the Emmy Awards.
Stephen Colbert, while delivering his monologue, lamented that there was no way to really know how many people were watching the Emmys. “Sean,” he called out, “do you know?”
All of a sudden, Spicer appeared from backstage on a rolling podium, just like the one Melissa McCarthy used during her “Saturday Night Live” impression of President Trump’s former press secretary.
The crowd went wild. Cameras caught “Veep” star Anna Chlumsky with her mouth agape, and panned to McCarthy, who grinned. Kevin Spacey of “House of Cards” was also shown laughing.
“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both in person and around the world!” Spicer announced, over cheers of the Emmy attendees.
This, of course, is a reference to Spicer’s own statement about Trump’s inaugural crowd size during his first White House press briefing in January: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.”
That was all — Spicer rolled back offstage. “Wow, that really soothes my fragile ego. I can understand why you would want one of these guys around. Melissa McCarthy, everybody!” Colbert called out. (McCarthy won an Emmy for playing Spicer at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend.)
While the Emmys crowd roared and applauded at the unexpected appearance, viewers on Twitter were instantly divided about whether Spicer’s latest stop on his image repair tour went too far to “normalize” him — especially after he went on TV last week and essentially admitted that he would say whatever Trump wanted him to, whether he actually believed it or not.
It was another stop on a media tour that appears to be an attempt at re-branding Spicer’s image. Earlier this week, Spicer (who resigned from his press secretary post last month) visited Kimmel, who couldn’t help but mock him about that incident — particularly after Spicer said he wanted to talk about other issues after the inauguration but Trump wanted him to focus on crowd size.
“So if you have to go along, even if you know — and I’m not asking you to say whether it was or not — even if you know the crowd wasn’t bigger, you have to go, as press secretary, you have to say that it was,” Kimmel said.
“Your job as press secretary is to represent the president’s voice and to make sure that you are articulating what he believes … whether or not you agree or not isn’t your job,” Spicer said.
Backstage at the Emmys, fresh off his win for portraying Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” Alec Baldwin addressed the Spicer situation.
“People in the business and the average person is very grateful for him to have a sense of humor and participate,” he said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Spicer obviously was compelled to do certain things that we might not have respected, we might not have admired, we might have been super critical of in order to do his job, but I’ve done some jobs that are things that you shouldn’t admire or respect me for either. He and I have that in common.”