Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer regrets berating journalists during his first White House press briefing in January. During this session, Spicer had aggressively asserted the inauguration crowd size was the largest ever.
“Of course I do, absolutely,” Spicer admitted during an interview Monday with the New York Times.
During the first official appearance in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, Spicer announced that “[t]his was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe.”
Photos and videos of the inauguration showed fewer people gathered on the National Mall than for former President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Additionally, Nielsen data suggests the television audience for the Trump inauguration fell below numbers for both Presidents Reagan and Obama.
Spicer made a surprise guest appearance at the Emmys on Sunday to make fun of this notable first briefing. Appearing at the end of Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue, the former press secretary emerged on stage pushing a mobile podium similar to one used by Melissa McCarthy in a popular Saturday Night Live skit.
“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in-person and around the world,” Spicer responded to Colbert.
“This was an attempt to poke a little fun at myself and add a little bit of levity to the event,” Spicer explained during in his interview with the New York Times.
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