With Stephen Colbert hosting the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, a few good political jabs were guaranteed. That, the audience expected. What no one saw coming, though, was a cameo by none other than Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s former press secretary.
The surprising moment occurred during Colbert’s opening monologue, where many a joke was made regarding the current POTUS. As Colbert commented on the Emmys’ audience size, Spicer wheeled onto the state with his portable podium — a nod to Melissa McCarthy’s parody of him on SNL.
“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both in person and around the world,” he said, poking fun at his now-infamous “alternative facts.” As Spicer wheeled back off the stage, Colbert quipped, “Melissa McCarthy, everyone!”
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McCarthy, who was seated in the audience, appeared to enjoy the shtick.
Politics played a large role at this year’s Emmys. Shortly after Colbert’s politically charged opening monologue, Kate McKinnon won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Saturday Night Live.
McKinnon memorably portrayed Hillary Clinton this year, as well as Trump’s former campaign manager and current counselor, Kellyanne Conway. In her acceptance speech, McKinnon thanked Clinton “for your grace and grit.”
The man responsible for bringing President Trump to life on SNL didn’t walk away from the award show empty-handed, either. Alec Baldwin took home the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Saturday Night Live, which has reinvigorated its ratings this year largely with election-based skits, also won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.