James Corden Regrets Kissing Sean Spicer at Emmys 2017

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

The legend of the Corden-Spicer kiss.

Spicer made the rounds of Hollywood parties after the Emmys and was greeted with many people asking for selfies.

The former White House press secretary rolled onto stage with a faux presidential podium Sunday, echoing his infamous scolding of journalists who reported on the number of people who attended President Donald Trump's inauguration.

"The message of his presence was not only that we can all laugh at his service and sycophancy in the Trump administration, but that he's willing to laugh with us", wrote Frank Bruni in a column for The New York Times titled "The Shameful Embrace of Sean Spicer at the Emmys".

Corden, 39, who has often criticised Mr Trump on his US TV show, had not responded to the backlash last night.

He added, "I have a lot of respect for folks who do what they do in film and on television, so it's a real honor to be invited". The long-running sketch series took home nine awards including best Variety Sketch Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, which Kate McKinnon won presumably for impersonation of Hillary Clinton, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, which Alec Baldwin won for his portrayal of Trump. "Who are we talking about here?!"

The photo of Corden's Spicer kiss then lights up the screen, as you can see in the video below.

Yeah. I know you think that is a picture of me kissing Sean Spicer.

Asked if he was throwing Trump under the bus, Spicer told The Washington Post's Emily Yahr that the surprise onstage appearance "was an attempt for me to poke a little fun at myself and bring some levity to the situation". He should know the dangers of appearing too chummy: late-night competitor Jimmy Fallon still hasn't recovered from the bad feelings engendered when he tousled Trump's hair when the then-candidate appeared on the Tonight show past year.

"Seeing Sean Spicer at the #Emmys trying to renew himself after him offering his services to a bigoted, sexist, racist agenda is insulting", singer Ricky Davila tweeted.

Corden changed his joking tone and claimed to understand why "some people have been disappointed by this photo" and revealed that "in truth, I'm disappointed by it as well". So much so I'm really starting to regret that Carpool Karaoke that we've taped with Steve Bannon. "It feels like a mistake today".

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