The former U.S. press secretary was wheeled out - literally, with a wheeled podium - to take the piss out of himself with a gag about audience size, referencing his (false) statement about the inauguration turnout for President Trump in January. The late-night host asked aloud in the middle of a show meeting whether Spicer may be into a surprise appearance, which led a producer to contact Spicer's people with the idea, according to CNN.
The politician, who left his post as President Donald Trump's aide in August, courted controversy when he made a cameo during host Stephen Colbert's opening monologue during the awards ceremony to poke fun at himself and his reputation for making false statements.
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The former press secretary appeared on stage for a brief, self-deprecating bit that many feel was giving him a pass for his behavior during his time at the White House. "Whether or not you agree isn't your job".
The concept that came to life saw Spicer push out a podium and declare on live television that "this will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys".
"People are reading too much into this", he said. Corden said. "And I just want to say, I think people are forgetting that this man lied to the American people, and should not be embraced". While he respects people's opinions, he said people shouldn't take the appearance that seriously.
"To be fair, everyone was kissing ass last night at the Emmys". A seemingly rhetorical question with no expected response, Sean Spicer emerged from backstage, accompanied by a podium. "I just happened to kiss the biggest one there", Corden said.
Caroline Framke at Vox wrote that it was "incredibly disappointing" to see Colbert joking with Spicer. "In truth, I'm disappointed by it as well", Corden began.