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Sean Spicer Stars In the First Shocking Moment of Emmys 2017

Stephen Colbert did a passable, if sometimes slightly uncomfortable musical number to open Emmys 2017, followed by an increasingly political opening monologue. It got so political, in fact, that a very “popular” participant in recent political goings-on actually made an appearance. No, not Melissa McCarthy playing him, but the man himself. That’s right! Spicey took to the Emmys stage! And it was weird and kinda awesome.

Colbert was talking about Trump valuing ratings (and how maybe if he’d won an Emmy for The Apprentice, he wouldn’t have tried to run for President), and he said, “I wish there were a way for me to know what the ratings were tonight. Is there anyone who can tell me what the ratings are tonight?”

Suddenly, Sean Spicer himself rolled out on stage with a podium, Melissa McCarthy-style, to announce that the Emmys have THE BIGGEST RATINGS EVER. The audience was shocked, and as the camera panned to Melissa McCarthy, the look on her face was less than amused. Her eyebrows were raised like “Really dude? Okay…”

A little later, Colbert mentioned The Wizard of Lies, saying it could be called The Sean Spicer Story, then thanking Spicer again for agreeing to appear.

I’ve gotta say, while he was completely incompetent at his job, I also understand that Spicer had a lot of crap to deal with in working with this particular Administration and President. I was kind of impressed that he basically did the opposite of hiding in the bushes tonight. At the Emmys, he was willing to have people make jokes at his expense, which takes a certain amount of guts for anyone to do.

I’ve gotta say, I prefer seeing him in this capacity than in his previous line of work.

(image: screencap/ABC)

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