Reynolds, Lively surprise McCarthy on TV show

We were all really waiting for McCarthy to don her bald cap and suit up to reprise her role as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer - better known in late-night TV circles as "Spicey".

Saturday night's sketch did not hold back any punches on an obviously rough week for the Press Secretary, from a flurry of questions about the President's ties to Russian Federation to hiding in the bushes after FBI Director James Comey's firing to the rumblings that he may be removed as Press Secretary.

"Have you ever told me to say things that are untrue?" an out of breath Spicer asks Trump.

The long-running NBC sketch series has thrived in the ratings thanks in large part to regular appearances by McCarthy as Spicer and Baldwin as President Donald Trump, with this season up 25% in the demo and 31% in total viewers compared to the same point a year ago. And that's when we're gifted with a montage of an angst-ridden "Spicer" rolling through the streets of New York City on that motorized podium screaming at the taxis and cars speeding past her.


In the cold open, Alec Baldwin returned as President Trump in a take on a NBC Nightly News interview with Michael Che as host Lester Holt.

"Yes", replies Trump, as the two faux-officials embrace for a long, climatic kiss. So, with Melissa as this week's host, we knew Saturday Night Live would be good - and it did not disappoint. McCarthy's "Spicey" could be seen peering in from outside the White House looking confused and distraught. The faux president then told his faux press secretary to kiss him. "What are you doing here?" asked a pretend-shocked McCarthy. "You are articulate and charming, whereas Sean is bullish", a reporter adds. He maintains that he won't fire Spicer, before playfully tickling him. "I'm famous, it's okay".

This is not Melissa McCarthy's first time at the helm of the show, in fact it is her fifth time hosting SNL, and she has even been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy serious for her previous work on the show. "Where am I going to get my daily dose of veiled anger and condescension?"

Unlike previous skits involving Spicer, the show manages to show some empathy towards the embattled press secretary, who at one point is so depressed at the thought of being replaced he plucks a piece of used chewing gum off the ground and shoves it into his mouth.

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