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

Violet Powell
May 17, 2017

All said and done, nobody can pull off a bald cap quite like McCarthy; since her tenure as "Spicey" (and Alec Baldwin's as Donald J. Trump), Saturday Night Live has enjoyed its highest ratings in six years.

McCarthy, who plays the White House press secretary on "Saturday Night Live", posted herself on Instagram Thursday going insane as Spicer, along with the caption, "Straight out da bushes".

Regardless of Spicer's position, the idea of the press secretary standing either in or among some bushes took off, with social media reports of people placing cutouts of Spicer on their hedges.

The two sat down to talk about the week's biggest news story, President Trump's surprising and suspiciously-timed dismissal of now former FBI Director James Comey.

"I was so nervous that first time", she said. The Washington Post reported that Spicer "huddled with his staff near a clump of bushes and then behind a tall hedge" on the White House grounds to avoid reporters.

May 12, 2017You already know it's going to be a good week for #SNL when Melissa McCarthy is spotted on 58th st with the Sean Spicer podiumobile! One of the reporters pointed out that Spicy had been peering through the window. "He - he wouldn't do that".

At the same time, SNL writers had been watching Spicer's first few press briefings. And he happens upon Trump and declares that he's not sure he "can do this anymore", especially given the rumors he'll be replaced by Sanders. "She doesn't have your special spice, salt and pepper and a little bit of sugar".

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"Have you ever told me to say things that aren't true?"

Trump admitted that yes, he had - but tried to assuage Spicey's fears that he would be fired with some seriously awkward sexual advances.

In fairness, McCarthy's depiction of Spicey as an over-the-top, buffoonish character has made me acutely aware of the concern some of my fellow progressives have about comedians' take on Trump.

"Yes", Baldwin's Trump responds before locking lips.

"Is this like "The Godfather" when you kiss me an no one sees me again?" For example, McCarthy and McKinnon explain, straight-faced how they had to have ribs removed in order to make it in Hollywood: "Back then, to be a star, you had to lose a couple bones", McKinnon quips. Spoiler alert: Spicer ends up kissing a certain president. As host, she didn't bother with a monologue, but instead lead an audience member - and mother - on a tour backstage. Her spot also was a break from the show's reliance on Baldwin to poke fun at Trump.

When Sarah Huckabee Sanders shows up unexpectedly on the White House press podium, the Saturday Night Live press corps feels a sudden twinge of hope.

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