Sean SpicerLatest News and Opinion
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 8:43AM EDT
Stephen Colbert defends Sean Spicer Emmys bit, says CBS gave no pushback on his Les Moonves comments
The Late Show host's visit to Watch What Happens Live went surreal last night when Andy Cohen had an animated talking "Shady Col-Bear!" ask him about the much-criticized Spicer bit. Asked if he regretted it, Colbert said: "Not at all. I had no fear that it would redeem him. I knew that there would be some people that wouldn’t like it, and the funny thing was is that right before I brought him out, I looked around the room and I thought to myself, ‘There’s not one joke that I’ve told tonight to this room full of liberals that was a risk other than the one I’m about to do,’ and it was the joke I most wanted to do.” As for Colbert's remarks on Moonves' sexual harassment scandal, The Late Show host said he spent days preparing his comments, and that his show notified CBS about what he was going to say 30 minutes before taping.
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal team kept crashing Sean Spicer's book tour
Watch as Bee's Full Frontal correspondents pretended to be Trump supporters who asked probing questions while taking pictures with the former White House press secretary.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel grills Sean Spicer again
Source: The Daily Beast
The former White House press secretary made his second appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, this time to promote his new book about working in the Trump White House. Kimmel mocked Spicer for holding back juicy details in the book. "This is not a tell-all, it’s a tell-some book,” Kimmel said, adding that Spicer probably held stuff back “just to make sure the president doesn’t have you rubbed out.”
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 2:04PM EDT
In his memoir, Sean Spicer recounts learning that Melissa McCarthy played him on SNL
President Trump's former White House press secretary didn't learn about that McCarthy portrayed him until the next morning, when he was in church. “Throughout the hour, while I sat in church, I heard the buzzing of my phone. Glancing down, I saw the screen fill with text messages," he writes in his new book, The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President. "As soon as church let out, I looked down with horror to find Twitter ablaze with my name,” he adds. “What was it now? At first, I feared something truly terrible had happened.” When he saw the sketch, Spicer writes, "I had no choice but to laugh. Like many SNL sketches, I think they milked it too long, but there was no denying it was funny.”
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 1:27PM EDT
CNN's Jim Acosta: I turned down Sean Spicer's proposed new talk show
Source: The Hill
"We politely turned that down," the CNN White House correspondent, who has battled with the former White House press secretary, said on CNN's Reliable Sources. He added: "My sense of it is that Sean has crossed the line from being somebody who was a former press secretary to somebody who wants to resurrect his career and go on Fox News and bash CNN. And if he’s going to do that, I don’t think we should give him time to do that."
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 9:28PM EDT
Sean Spicer: I'm developing a TV talk show "where we can have civil, respectful, and informative discussions on the issues of the day"
Source: The New York Times
“In this current environment, I think it’s important to have a platform where we can have civil, respectful, and informative discussions on the issues of the day,” says the former White House press secretary of his proposed talk show, which is shooting a pilot next month. Titled Sean Spicer's Common Ground, the network-less talk show pilot will feature Spicer hosting “some of the most interesting and thoughtful public figures for a drink and some lite conversation at a local pub or cafe," according to a pitch sheet obtained by The New York Times. “The relaxed atmosphere is an ideal setting for Sean to get to know his guests as they discuss everything from the media to marriage,” the pitch continues. “They might even tangle over the merits of making your bed or the value of a great point guard.” ALSO: Michael Avenatti turned down a request to appear on the pilot.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
Bill O'Reilly might make a comeback on conservative cable TV network Newsmax
Source: Page Six
Page Six reports Newsmax is interested in O'Reilly and other former Fox News stars, including Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is also being eyed for a panel show.
Posted Sunday 4/29/18 at 1:21AM EDT
Michelle Wolf stuns the White House Correspondents' Dinner with "X-rated takedown"
The comedian -- who warned in advance "I’m expecting it to not play well in the room" -- correctly predicted the reaction to her 19-minute roast, which led some Trump administration officials to walk out during her act. Wolf dropped F-bombs, the P-word and joked about "pulling out" in what CNN termed an "X-rated takedown" of the media, the Democrats, the Republicans and, mostly, President Trump. "Taking a beat, Wolf told a shocked ballroom the White House Correspondents Association maybe they 'should have done some research before asking me to do this,'" says Lisa de Moraes. "Wolf gave the room full of press a thrashing, as Stephen Colbert had done so many years ago in a WHCD Dinner appearance that TV news talking heads were still talking about tonight, in the walk-up to Wolf’s appearance, as if Colbert’s speech had been the one that could not be topped. They were wrong."
- CNN, MSNBC and C-SPAN failed to censor Wolf's F-bombs
- Wolf compared White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Aunt Lydia from The Handmaid’s Tale
- Wolf's targets included Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, MSNBC, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Rachel Maddow
- Wolf delivered a "particularly, wonderfully nasty performance, courtesy of a blistering, dare-ya-to-boo set"
- Shame on Michelle Wolf for making Donald Trump look classy!
- Kathy Griffin, who was in attendance, praised Wolf: "As a female, you’ve got to work harder, you’ve got to jump higher. And she did it. She went there - fearlessly"
- Journalists reacted with outrage on Twitter: ABC News' Terry Moran called her monologue "hateful and unfunny"
- Wolf tweeted "Thank you!" to Sean Spicer after he called the dinner "a disgrace"
- Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus declared Wolf's performance "another" victory for Trump: "An R/X rated spectacle that started poorly and ended up in the bottom of the canyon"
- President Trump slammed the media for "phony" White House Correspondents' Dinner at a Michigan rally earlier Saturday
- Stephen Colbert's Our Cartoon President was at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, imagining what it would look like if Trump attended
- Watch Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti photobomb Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, live on CNN
# TOPICS: White House Correspondents’ Dinner, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Our Cartoon President, Kathy Griffin, Kellyanne Conway, Michael Avenatti, Michelle Wolf, Reince Priebus, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sean Spicer, Terry Moran, Cable News, Trump Presidency
Posted Sunday 3/18/18 at 3:44AM EDT
Anthony Scaramucci says he's turned down multiple reality TV offiers, and Jon Stewart
“I have been offered more than one reality show,” the former Trump White House staffer tells The Wrap. “I’ve said no to all of them.” Scaramucci says he didn't want to repeat the mistake Sean Spicer made at the Emmys. "I think Jon Stewart wanted me to wear a chicken suit or something like that at some fundraising event and I was like, ‘ok, that’s not me,'" he says. “I’m not wearing a chicken suit, you know, I think that’s like what the left likes to do with people that support Trump is they want to dehumanize you.”
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 5:23PM EST
Stephen Colbert to Howard Stern on President Trump: "I don’t hate him. I mistrust him. And he scares me"
Source: The Hill
“My mom wouldn’t allow us to hate," The Late Show host told Stern in a wide-ranging interview this morning. "I go to church. I believe in traditions," he said. "And I think that Donald Trump and the people who wind up following him are creating a bonfire of vanity in which they’re fueling with standards and norms of great American institutions." Colbert added: "I don’t have any responsibility to take both sides. I have a responsibility to give you my opinion.” ALSO: Colbert defends bringing Sean Spicer to the Emmys.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
Why we need Oprah to be "our Oprah" — and not our president
“The mingling of political and cultural celebrity — a radical shift in American life after the election of a pop-culture star to the presidency — can’t be reversed,” says Daniel D’Addario. He adds: “it’s a troubling trend, not least because liberals sympathetic to a (Oprah) Winfrey candidacy seem to have learned nothing from what they dislike about President Trump. Replacing a political amateur with a political amateur with good intentions doesn’t solve certain core problems the executive branch is suffering at the moment. Winfrey has given her fans every indication through the years that she is a skilled executive, a genius of empathy and a deep reader of literature (a sharp contrast to our current post-literacy president), but it’s not exactly pedantic to suggest, as various positions lie unfilled and as America’s status on the world stage sinks, that some level of experience is needed to run the federal government.”
- Gayle King says Oprah is not actively considering a presidential run: “I do think she’s intrigued by the idea. I do think that"
- Everybody missed the point of Oprah’s speech — it wasn’t about setting up a presidential run
- Oprah electrifies America as an artist, but it would be shortsighted to bring that vigor to politics
- Trump administration welcomes potential clash with Oprah in 2020
- “Please let’s not do this again”: Why Oprah 2020 is “a bad liberal revenge fantasy”
- Shouldn’t we be concerned with Oprah’s relationship with “charlatans” like Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Jenny McCarthy?
- Read a guide to Oprah’s political leanings
- Sean Spicer, Trump’s former press secretary, suggests Oprah is too inexperienced to run for president
- Stephen Colbert explains how an Oprah presidency would work
- Shares of Weight Watchers soar after Oprah’s speech
- Trevor Noah breaks down why Oprah is the perfect opponent for Trump
Posted Thursday 10/05/17 at 4:16PM EDT
Billy Eichner: Nobody would talk to Sean Spicer backstage at the Emmys, except the Young Sheldon actor
Eichner recalls to Conan the green room where only one Hollywood actor would speak to the former White House press secretary: Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage.
Posted Monday 9/25/17 at 1:26PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her Veep showrunner speak out against Sean Spicer’s “disgusting” Emmy cameo
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I’m mad at myself for not booing and walking out,” says Veep’s David Mandel. “I found it disgusting.” Louis-Dreyfus adds: “I don’t think it’s cute. There’s nothing funny about Sean Spicer and what his actions have been and what his behavior has been about. Period.”
Posted Wednesday 9/20/17 at 2:21PM EDT
Sean Spicer has been rejected by the five major news organizations
CBS News, CNN, Fox News, ABC News and NBC News have all declined to hire the former White House press secretary as a paid contributor.
Posted Tuesday 9/19/17 at 11:03PM EDT
Dancing With the Stars producers on Sean Spicer rumors: “We’ll always take the buzz!”
Without confirming or denying that the former White House press secretary was in consideration, producers say that they’re happy to be in the news.