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Sean Spicer appeared on stage on Melissa McCarthy's famous podium at last night's Emmys

Oh.

THE 69TH PRIMETIME Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles last night.

Hosted by Stephen Colbert, The Handmaid’s Tale dominated the evening with five awards.

Some of the standout TV moments of the year were, of course, Melissa McCarthy’s lampooning of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer – so people expected it to feature

Spicer on his way to his big boy nap. #livefrom8H #SNL

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But nobody predicted the real Sean Spicer to come out on the famous moving podium and crack a joke

Source: Entertainment Weekly/YouTube

During Colbert’s opening monologue, he began a bit about what really matters to Donald Trump: ratings. Wondering how big the audience is for the Emmys, he introduced Spicer on stage:

“This will be the largest audience to witness the Emmys – period! Both in person and around the world”

spice3 Source: CBS

They cut to Melissa as he came out

meliss Source: CBS

Not looking particularly impressed.

Taking the piss out of his own infamous “alternative facts” surrounding Trump’s inauguration, Spicer’s appearance on stage lasted mere seconds.

But it’s come in for some deserved criticism

Only as recently as July, Spicer was still working in the White House – amid many controversies – so audiences weren’t exactly ready to see him gag it up on stage

Especially when it was a direct reference to a demonstrable falsehood he uttered while in the job

People aren’t predicting that this will look all that great a move in the future

r3e Source: @cmclymer

Alec Baldwin struck a more conciliatory note in the post-Awards press conference, saying: ”I’ve done some jobs that are things you shouldn’t admire or respect either.”

If you can’t see the video, click here

The best way to sum up the reaction from many viewers at home was definitely McCarthy’s face throughout

meliss Source: CBS

spice4 Source: CBS

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