Comedic actress Melissa McCarthy put in a surprise appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live over the weekend, starring in one of the most talked-about sketches, an epic eight-minute spoof where she impersonated White House press secretary Sean Spicer. The sketch comes just days after Sean Spicer spoke out against the media for calling one of U.S. President Donald Trump's executive actions a "Muslim travel ban," with the sketch showing how Spicer tries to twist the journalists' words against them. As it turns out, Sean Spicer himself has actually seen the sketch, and has some advice for Melissa McCarthy in regards to her impersonation.
Extra caught up with Sean Spicer, who revealed that he first heard about the sketch on Sunday morning after leaving church, stating that he was getting so many texts that he thought there might be a "national emergency". The White House press secretary said that he thought the sketch was "funny," but said that Melissa McCarthy, "could dial it back." One of his big criticisms was that she, "needs to slow down on the gum chewing; way too many pieces in there."
At one point during the sketch, Melissa McCarthy poured several pieces of gum into her mouth at once, which drew huge laughs from the studio audience. Last night's episode also featured the return of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, an impersonation the U.S. President has vocally spoken out against on social media. When asked about Alec Baldwin's portrayal, Sean Spicer said he felt the same way as his boss, calling the portrayal "mean."
"Alec has gone from funny to mean, and that's unfortunate. SNL used to be really funny. There's a streak of meanness now that they've crossed over to mean."
It's only been two weeks since the inauguration of Donald Trump as America's 45th President, and it has been previously confirmed that Alec Baldwin will continue to portray Donald Trump on SNL throughout this season. It remains to be seen if Melissa McCarthy will come back to play Sean Spicer in more episodes this season. The show previously caught a lot of heat for actually bringing in Donald Trump to host the late night sketch comedy series in November 2015, almost exactly one year before Election Day 2016. Now it's the President himself, and Sean Spicer, who have continued to criticize Alec Baldwin's portrayal on the show, but the controversy certainly hasn't affected the ratings.
The Feb. 4 episode, which was hosted by Kristen Stewart with musical guest Alessia Cara, scored a 5.0 rating, 13 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 2.5/13 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters. Those numbers mark the highest ratings for the show since the November 12 episode that was hosted by Dave Chappelle with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest, which was the first episode of the show after the November 8 election. In case you missed it this weekend, take a look at the full eight-minute Saturday Night Live sketch with Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer.