Sean Spicer Says He Regrets Berating Reporters Over Inauguration Crowds

As Mr. Spicer prepared to lapse to Washington, he was asked if he was disturbed that Mr. Trump would take offense over a skit, that many viewers saw as lampooning a president’s engrossment with a distance of his coronation crowd.


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“I positively wish not,” Mr. Spicer pronounced after a brief pause. “This was an try to poke a small fun during myself and supplement a small bit of flightiness to a event.”

Mr. Spicer done his Emmys coming during a finish of Mr. Colbert’s opening monologue, that enclosed a prolonged riff about Mr. Trump’s nervous attribute with a party attention and his apparent disappointment that his NBC existence array “The Apprentice” never won an Emmy Award.

Mr. Colbert, a visit censor of both Mr. Trump and Mr. Spicer, went on to contend that a boss was essentially endangered with TV ratings, yet that there was no approach to know how vast his assembly was.

Mr. Colbert asked, “Sean, do we know?”

At that point, Mr. Spicer shot out of a wings — pulling a lectern identical to a one immortalized by Melissa McCarthy in her impersonation of him on “Saturday Night Live.”

He shouted his lecture room statement, scarcely word for word. “This will be a largest assembly to declare an Emmys, duration — both in chairman and around a world,” he announced with a semi-straight face.

Laughter and acclaim could be listened via a Microsoft Theater, and celebrities in a assembly were seen on a telecast, reacting with their mouths agape.

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Mr. Spicer pronounced he did not give a boss or comparison White House staff a heads adult about his appearance, that had been in a works for several days.

In fact, probably no one knew about it. According to Mr. Spicer, Mr. Colbert suggested a thought himself, and upheld it to a former press secretary by his writer during CBS, who had gotten to know Mr. Spicer good years progressing when he was a writer on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

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When Mr. Spicer and his mother left Washington for Los Angeles on Saturday morning, he donned a disguise. He would not contend what it was, yet a crony of his hinted that it competence have enclosed feign facial hair. After checking in, he stayed in his hotel room, withdrawal usually for a walk-through that took place after a gymnasium had been cleared. When scripts were handed out to organisation members and performers, his name was nowhere to be found — transposed by an harmless surname that began with a minute “S.”

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A chairman informed with a formulation of a Emmy module pronounced on Monday that Mr. Colbert and his staff regarded Mr. Spicer’s coming as both a fun during a responsibility of Mr. Trump and a approach to poke fun during Mr. Colbert, too. The chairman spoke on condition of anonymity to divulge private discussions involving a Emmys and Mr. Colbert.

Just as Mr. Trump had been thin-skinned in contracting a orator to elaborate a distance of his initial crowd, this chairman said, Mr. Colbert was derisive himself by regulating Mr. Spicer to exaggerate a distance of his viewership.

Since withdrawal a White House final month, Mr. Spicer has been on a vocalization and radio circuit, perplexing to rehabilitate his image. On Wednesday, he seemed as a guest on a ABC late-night uncover “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” in an speak that drew criticism for a viewed tolerance toward Mr. Spicer.

When Mr. Kimmel brought adult a news discussion where Mr. Spicer had talked about initial throng sizes, Mr. Spicer answered: “I’m aware. we conclude a sign of how it went down.”

The subsequent day, Mr. Colbert was a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,and a dual speak uncover hosts talked about Mr. Spicer.

“I’ve always wanted to speak to that cat,” Mr. Colbert said.

Mr. Kimmel said, “A certain partial of me felt contemptible for him.”

Mr. Colbert replied: “Really? ‘Cause he wasn’t apologizing. He wants to be forgiven, yet he won’t bewail anything he did. You got to bewail something we did to be forgiven.”

But during slightest among some people in Hollywood, Mr. Spicer might have been forgiven — or during slightest estimable of an Instagram.

At a Television Academy’s Emmy after-party in Los Angeles, several gown- and tuxedo-clad revelers stopped to look during Mr. Spicer.

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Other guest patiently lined adult circuitously — Mr. Spicer was posing for selfies.

Michael Grynbaum contributed reporting.


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