Spicer Tries To Change Image With Surprise Emmy Skit Mocking Himself

Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Mocking the President was the theme of the night at the 2017 Emmys award show Sunday evening, with celebrities and host Stephen Colbert taking digs at President Donald Trump at every turn.

A Trump ally even made a surprise appearance to join in on the sneering, and to make fun of himself.

As Colbert spoke about how much Trump cares about ratings, he quipped about how he hoped the award show churned out “big numbers” in terms of viewers, but said there was no way of knowing how big the audience was just yet.

“Is there anyone who can say how big the audience is? Sean do you know?” Colbert asked as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer walked out on stage rolling a mobile podium that became a staple of actress Melissa McCarthy’s impersonation of Spicer on Saturday Night Live.

“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys period, both in person and around the world,” he shouted, mocking himself and the remarks he made during his first White House press briefing on the day of Trump’s inauguration when he scolded journalists for reports that the crowd was larger at former President Barack Obama’s inaugurations.

That hostility displayed toward journalists in the briefing room is what inspired McCarthy’s award winning impersonation of Trump’s former press secretary.

Spicer resigned in July over the hiring of quickly-ousted Anthony Scarmucci as communications director. He officially left the White House at the end of August.

Watch a clip of the appearance below, courtesy TMZ:

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