Spicer rolled out on his signature podium as Colbert joked about the Emmys’ audience size, making a jab at Spicer’s “alternative facts” regarding Trump’s inauguration crowd size.
“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both in person and around the world,” Spicer said.
“Melissa McCarthy, everyone,” Colbert said as he left the stage, referencing McCarthy’s spot-on impressions of him on “Saturday Night Live.” McCarthy, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Spicer last weekend, could be seen smiling in the audience.
Spicer announced his resignation as White House Press Secretary in July. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (who has also been parodied on “SNL”) now serves in his former role.
The 69th Emmy Awards are Colbert’s first time hosting an awards show, and the “Late Show” host delivered plenty of his usual topical, deadpan humor in his opening monologue.
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is also nominated for outstanding variety talk series, and Colbert’s jabs at Donald Trump have helped the show increase its ratings as well as potentially its Emmy potential.