Sean Spicer Impersonation Lands McCarthy an Emmy

Melissa McCarthy won for hosting Saturday Night Live
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2017 4:34 PM CDT
Sean Spicer Impersonation Lands McCarthy an Emmy
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Sean Spicer may be long gone from the White House, but his legacy lives on in the form of an Emmy Award for his SNL impersonator. On Sunday night, Melissa McCarthy won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for hosting Saturday Night Live earlier this year, the Huffington Post reports. McCarthy debuted her bombastic, gum-swallowing impression of the beleaguered former press secretary with a surprise appearance in February. She went on to reprise the role several times during the course of the season, even appearing in the streets of Manhattan riding a mobile version of the press-room podium, before Spicer resigned from his post in July.

McCarthy's Spicer impression was popular, though apparently not in the White House. After her first appearance, Politico reported that President Trump wasn't happy with the portrayal, less because the impression lampooned Spicer's now-infamous casual relationship with facts than that it was performed by a woman. Meanwhile, Dave Chapelle won the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his turn hosting SNL after the November election. The major Emmy ceremony takes place this Sunday, and Entertainment Weekly has a preview. (More Melissa McCarthy stories.)

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