After mocking President Donald Trump for being unable to forget the fact that he is a three-time Emmy loser Celebrity Apprentice, Stephen Colbert brought out a man who was once part of Trump’s actual White House: Sean Spicer.
Yes, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer rolled out a podium onto the 2017 Emmy Awards stage to declare the resounding success of this year’s Emmys, regardless of what any actual numbers or evidence may eventually indicate.
“This is the largest audience to witness an Emmys. Period. Both in person and around the world,” Spicer said, echoing his widely doubted (and mostly disproven) claims about the audience at Trump’s inauguration.
“Thank you Melissa McCarthy,” Colbert deadpanned after Spicer left stage.
Colbert, whose late night show has been propelled to ratings victory by his consistent, relentless skewering of Trump, naturally spent much of his opening monologue roasting the president.
Colbert critiqued the Emmy crowd for not giving Trump a trophy for Celebrity Apprentice, opining, “If he had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn’t have run for president.”
Colbert continued: “I thought you people loved morally compromised anti-heroes! He’s Walter Much-Whiter.” But he concluded with this devastating zinger: “Unlike the presidency, the Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote.”
Trump wasn’t Colbert’s only target. He also lambasted Ted Cruz’s porn ‘like’ on Twitter, Sheriff Joe Arpaio (according to Colbert, he’ll be hosting the next Latin Grammys) and Bill Maher. Colbert lumped Maher in with a group of African-American actors, jesting, “I assume he’s black because he’s so comfortable using the n-word.”