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 Donald 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 the roars of the audience.
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 off stage. "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.)
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. Especially after Spicer said he wanted to talk about other issues, 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.
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