Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Melissa McCarthy adds spice (and Spicer) as host of 'SNL'


Trump later was asked if FBI Director James Comey was sacked because of the ongoing probe into Russian interference of last year's election.

In real life, Sanders was forced to field questions about the press secretary's role as Trump threatened to cancel all press briefings - and SNL jumped into that debate head first.

McCarthy launched her hosting gig with a charming monologue in which she took a mom from the audience on a backstage tour of Studio 8H in celebration of Mother's Day, and followed it up with a sketch in which she basically got hit with pies in the face on loop. "Let me put this whole Russian thing to bed once and for all", "Spicer" says. "Trump in innocent. How do we know?" "How do we know?" Because he told us so. "And then he hired lawyers to agree with him".

And it did: Guest host Melissa McCarthy returned as Sean Spicer, riding a motorized press room lectern through the streets of NY, before submitting to a passionate kiss from the commander in chief.

The heart of the sketch is a question that has come up more frequently after the Trump communications team's constantly conflicting media messages about the firing of James Comey.

Oh, yeah, one thing: "you made out with Spicer". The sketch as a whole went on a little too long, but McCarthy kept it amusing.

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"Wait, so did I get him?". Holt asks. Either way, it was SNL's turn to troll the Trump administration.

Setting out on that apparently now street-legal podium on a quest to find his boss, McCarthy's Spicer (accompanied by the melancholy strains of Simon & Garfunkel) finally tracks down Alec Baldwin's Trump at one of his many golf properties and pleads for another chance.

"I'm famous - it's okay", Mr Trump reassured, only for Mr Spicer to again hesitate. Following this week's firing of FBI Director Jim Comey, Baldwin sat down with Michael Che as Lester Holt to spoof the President's interview on NBC News. McCarthy's Spicer asked Baldwin's Trump, who replied, "Only since you started working here".

Spicer asks if he's being fired and replaced by his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The press corps began to ask Sanders if she would stay and always do their briefings before Spicer interrupted by spraying a fire extinguisher at the reporters. But far and away Saturday's fan favorite was McCarthy's "Sean Spicer Returns" sketch, during which the show mercilessly skewered the chaos that followed Comey's Tuesday dismissal.

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