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Chris Pizzello/PA Sean Spicer at the Emmys.
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Sean Spicer appears at Emmys to claim it had 'the largest crowd ever. Period.'
Spicer, who resigned in July in one of the many shake-ups of Trump’s White House, was the highlight of Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue.

FORMER WHITE HOUSE Press Secretary Sean Spicer made an on-stage appearance at last night’s Emmy Awards, claiming it would be the “largest crowd ever to witness an Emmys. Period.”

The comments echo Spicer’s comments following US President Donald Trump’s inauguration, when he claimed the crowd was larger than that for Barack Obama’s, despite photo evidence to the contrary.

Spicer, who resigned in July in one of the many shake-ups of Trump’s White House, was the highlight of Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue which took a heavily political tone.

When Colbert asked how many people were watching television’s award gala, Spicer slid onto the Los Angeles stage behind a White House-style podium and declared, “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the world.”

Spicer’s tongue-in-cheek cameo stunned and delighted the Emmys audience including Saturday Night Live comedian Melissa McCarthy, who picked up a Creative Arts statuette for her Unhinged Spicey impersonation of him.

Spicer’s appearance was all the more startling as both he and Trump had criticised Saturday Night Live, complaining that the popular NBC show was out of line for its persistent satire of the administration.

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Saturday Night Live won for best variety sketch series, the show’s Kate McKinnon aka Hillary Clinton won as best supporting actress in a comedy and Alec Baldwin was tapped as best supporting actor in a comedy for his Trump impersonation.

Baldwin, speaking to reporters backstage after winning his award, praised Spicer for having the good grace to turn up before the liberal-skewing Hollywood crowd.

“I’ve done some jobs or things that you shouldn’t admire or respect,” Baldwin said. “He and I have that in common.”

Show host Colbert, known for his left-leaning comedy, kept his wit on Trump during his monologue. He recalled the future president’s past complaints that the Emmys were rigged for not honouring his reality show Celebrity Apprentice.

The comedian quipped that the crowd at the Emmys bore responsibility for Trump as he may not have sought the White House had he won an award.

“But he didn’t. Because unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote,” he said, touching another sore point for Trump.

Colbert acknowledged his humour was in front of a friendly audience, asking: “Where do I find the courage to tell that joke in this room?”

© AFP 2017

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