Spicer on Sunday night appeared at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, in which he mocked his infamous post-inauguration press conference by insisting that the audience for this year's Emmys would be the largest ever. "He's the reason I'm probably up here".
He said the audience was was "the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration" despite photographic evidence to the contrary. The late-night host asked aloud in the middle of a show meeting whether Spicer may be into a surprise appearance, which led a producer to contact Spicer's people with the idea, according to CNN.
The "Sean" in question was none other than Sean Spicer, the disgraced former press secretary in the Trump White House. Lorne Michaels, accepting the variety sketch series award, recalled how when the show won an Emmy in 1976, "I remember thinking. there would never be another season as insane, as unpredictable, as frightening, as exhausting, or as exhilarating".
Corden did finally get around to acknowledging that by cozying up to Spicer, he had disappointed a lot of people.
CNN's Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza was more pointed in saying that Spicer's Emmys moment wasn't at all amusing, given that, as a taxpayer-supported White House employee, he willfully subverted the facts when he made false claims about crowd sizes.
Spicer resigned as White House press secretary in July after a string of controversies, including him lying to reporters and claiming Adolf Hitler "didn't use chemical weapons" during World War 2.
The web site Vox said it was "incredibly disappointing" to see Colbert joking with Spicer. "I think he is an opportunistic liar that hurt our country".
"People are reading too much into this", he said.
"Spicer's recent star turn is also a reminder that holding the powerful to account doesn't end the moment they step down".
"Similarly, when Spicer showed up in the Emmys' lobby after the show he wasn't shunned for purveying falsehoods - he was mobbed with smiling fans".
The more people tune in to hear false information, the more people there are to believe what is being said and continue to spread that fabricated message.
"Why would Colbert wake up trying to find a way to normalize Sean Spicer?".
Matt Martell is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is a columnist for The Daily Collegian.