hen former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took the stage at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 2017, we bet James Corden had no idea he'd have to apologize for being photographed macking on the guy later that night.
But this is the world we live in.
Sean Spicer rolled a podium out on stage during the live broadcast to make fun of how he lied to the American people repeatedly for months.
The appearance was instantly polarizing.
Even people in the audience at the Emmys didn’t quite know how to react — and most of them are professional actors.
You can watch the whole moment here:
Stephen Colbert, the host for the evening, calls Spicer on stage to yell about the size of the crowd watching the Emmys, a strange nod to his first major lie from the White House podium about how many people showed up to Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Anna Chlumsky from Veep had to pick her jaw up off the floor.
The appearance by Spicer was quite a surprise, and it was unclear at first whether it was a welcome surprise or not.
Reactions from audience members were varied.
Melissa McCarthy, who plays Spicer on SNL, seemed embarrassed for the guy. Sarah Hyland and Julie Bowen of Modern Family fame had these looks of dangerous glee on their faces. Others, like Kevin Spacey and Tony Hale, laughed at it in the moment.
Twitter immediately exploded, mostly with criticism.
People (including Zach Braff) were not down with Spicey’s Emmy appearance. They didn’t like that Hollywood allowed this man — who unequivocally contributed to spreading the lies of the toxic Trump administration — a platform from which to cheekily try to redeem himself.
But how did James Corden feel about Spicey? Welllllll, Corden kissed him. On the face.
You have to see the pic…