It was the Emmys moment everyone was talking about … but that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Sean Spicer’s surprise appearance at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, where he seemingly made light of the time he lied about the crowd size at President Donald Trump’s inauguration, shocked just about everyone.
“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” Spicer said from behind a podium he wheeled onto the stage.
Then came the backlash. The appearance drew a slew of responses online, and most of it was critical, according to social media research firm Fizziology.
So how did it even happen?
CNN reports that the idea to bring in Spicer came from Emmys host Stephen Colbert, and he and producers anticipated there would be backlash. It all came together days before the show, when Colbert “wondered aloud if Spicer might play along.” According to the report, one of his producers then formally pitched the idea.
Talking to THR on how it came together, Spicer said, “I had a conversation with Stephen [Colbert] and his executive producer.” He continued, “They came up with a concept, and I thought it was kinda funny. I said I’d be there.”
The former White House press secretary later told Deadline the appearance was an “opportunity to be a little self-deprecating and laugh at yourself.”
Though, many didn’t see the humor.
Melissa McCarthy, who famously played Spicer on “SNL” and was caught by Emmys cameras during Spicer’s cameo, previously said that the former White House press secretary shouldn’t be in on the jokes about him.
On Monday, her rep told HuffPost she couldn’t comment on Spicer’s appearance because she was “working on a film,” but plenty of other celebrities shared their unflattering reactions.
For example, actor Zach Braff said he’s not ready to laugh “with” Spicer, calling him evil:
I’m not ready to laugh “with” Sean Spicer. I think he is an evil, opportunistic liar that hurt our country.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 18, 2017
Actress Jenny Slate stated she was “truly so grossed out” anyone would consider having the real-life Spicer there, adding, “What is wrong with you? Wake up.”
Truly so grossed out by A GROUP of people ever even considering the idea of real life Spicer at the Emmys. What is wrong with you? Wake up.
— jenny slate (@jennyslate) September 18, 2017
Some publications posted takedowns following the ceremony, such as The New York Times’ “The Shameful…