Days before Sean Spicer appeared at the Emmys, Stephen Colbert suggested the former White House press secretary shouldn't be forgiven for lying to the public. "He wants to be forgiven, but he won't regret anything he did," Colbert said on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday. "You got to regret something you did to be forgiven." After a busy weekend in Hollywood, however, Spicer is 'fessing up to one major regret, reports the New York Times. Asked Monday if he regretted blasting journalists for accurately reporting that President Trump's inauguration crowd was smaller than former President Obama's—then claiming Trump's "was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period"—Spicer replied, "Of course I do, absolutely."
The comment followed Spicer's much-debated appearance at the Emmys, in which he claimed, "This will be the largest audience to witness the Emmys, period," per CNN. He says he hopes Trump isn't offended. It was "an attempt to poke a little fun at myself and add a bit of levity to the event," says Spicer, who wore a disguise as he traveled from Washington to Los Angeles. The Times points out the appearance was also an opportunity for Spicer "to cultivate a television industry audience that he may need as he seeks speaking engagements and paid television appearances in his post-White House life." So far so good: Guests afterward lined up to get a photo with the former press secretary. James Corden was even seen kissing him, per the Times.