Reactions to Sean Spicer cameo at 69th Emmy Awards

Carla Harmon
September 20, 2017

"There is a media mob going after Sean Spicer - on Twitter, online, on television - tarring and feathering him over what was a joke", Kurtz said.

On "The View", Joy Behar said that if Spicer and other Trump surrogates apologize to the American people, "then I'll have fun with you, Sean". (In an unfortunate parallel, Emmy viewership on Sunday essentially tied previous year with the smallest ever for the television awards show).

"It's as if he should never be able to show his face in public again or tell a joke or - it's nearly like his detractors want him to wear a scarlet letter". There are talking-head slots, book contracts and paid speaking gigs - provided, that is, that the press secretaries stay on the job for a respectable period of time and don't embarrass themselves too badly.


Photo Pope Francis greeting former White House press secretary Sean Spicer at a meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network, at the Vatican on August 27.

Kurtz agreed, arguing that middle America saw the Emmys as full of out-of-touch elitists.

Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.


Spicer poked fun at himself and President Donald Trump by exaggerating the size of the Emmys audience. With how he has been lampooned by the likes of "Saturday Night Live", it was incredible that Spicer would deign to jump in for some deliberate self-depreciation alongside Stephen Colbert, a noted Trump critic.

As Spicer prepared to return to Washington, he was asked if he was anxious about Trump taking offence over the skit - which many viewers saw as lampooning the president's preoccupation with the size of his inauguration crowd.

Last week, Spicer went on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (his first stop on an apparent image rehabilitation tour) and essentially admitted that he would say whatever Trump wanted him to, regardless of whether he believed it - and after the inauguration, Trump told him to talk about the crowd size. By July however, he announced his resignation from the post, followed by leaving the White House staff altogether by the end of August.


"I've always wanted to talk to that cat", Colbert said. "You got to regret something you did to be forgiven".

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