Why Stephen Colbert Invited Sean Spicer to the Emmys

Oh dear The shiny fabric gave the dress a rather cheap look

In an interview on Monday morning, Mr. Spicer said he now regrets one of his most infamous moments as press secretary: his decision to charge into the White House briefing room in January and criticize accurate news reports that Barack Obama's inauguration crowd was bigger than President Donald J. Trump's. Image via YouTube.com "This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period!"

"I'm not firing Sean Spicer", Trump reportedly said in March, according to The Post.

Spicer told the Times he didn't tell Trump or anyone in the White House about his appearance and said he hopes Trump wasn't offended by the skit.

Mr. Colbert, a frequent critic of both Mr. Trump and Mr. Spicer, went on to say that the president was primarily concerned with TV ratings, but that there was no way to know how large his audience was.

"Of course I do, absolutely, " he said, explaining that his Emmys gig was "an attempt to poke a little fun at myself and add a little bit of levity to the event".

The former White House press secretary's cameo was Colbert's idea, and they arranged to maximize the surprise factor through Chris Licht, the Colbert producer who knew Spicer from his background in news.

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At that point, Spicer emerged from the wings - pushing a podium similar to the one immortalized by Melissa McCarthy in her impersonation of him on "Saturday Night Live". "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period - both in person and around the globe", said the newly installed press secretary.

But this time, it was all in fun as a surprise guest Sunday at the Emmys.

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

CNN's Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza was more pointed in saying that Spicer's Emmys moment wasn't at all amusing, given that, as a taxpayer-supported White House employee, he willfully subverted the facts when he made false claims about crowd sizes.

In July, Spicer announced his departure from the White House amid the hiring of White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who served under Trump for less than two weeks in the summer before he resigned.

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards was still replete with pithy Trump gags but this time it was the art being honoured that did the talking. "Really?" Colbert replied to Kimmel. He wants to be forgiven, but he won't regret anything he did.

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