For Emmys host Stephen Colbert, there's also a risk that a joke he engineered could wind up doing collateral damage
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), photo: AP/Invision/Chris Pizzello
18 of September 2017 19:54:35
NEW YORK – Sean Spicer says his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun, and suggested Tuesday that people who were upset by it were taking things too seriously.Clearly, not everyone was laughing, however. For Emmys host Stephen Colbert, there's also a risk that a joke he engineered could wind up doing collateral damage.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. Colbert set the joke up by saying there was no way of knowing how many people would be watching the Emmys, then Spicer wheeled out from behind a podium to say "this will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys period, both in person and around the world."The clear reference was to Spicer's first appearance in the White House press room, arguing against photographic evidence about how large President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day audience was. (In an unfortunate parallel, Emmy viewership on Sunday essentially tied last year with the smallest ever for the television awards show).
Spicer made the rounds of Hollywood parties after the Emmys and was greeted with many people asking for selfies."I was surprised at how nice people were to me," he said, "even the people who I know don't agree with me politically."
Memorializing Roger Ailes and lionizing Sean Spicer - who stands against the 1st Amendment and our craft - the Emmys lost all credibility pic.twitter.com/ZLuyGLPG9j— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) 18 de septiembre de 2017
The web site Vox said it was "incredibly disappointing" to see Colbert joking with Spicer."It went against everything Colbert purports to do on his fiercely pointed 'Late Show,' and retroactively sucked the air out of any biting Trump jokes he tried to make in his opening monologue," the site wrote.
Colbert makes a "Wizard of Lies" joke about Sean Spicer, thus having cake, eating it too, then throwing it up again? There's a lot going on.— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) 18 de septiembre de 2017