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Hillary Clinton Appears on Murphy Brown Premiere

Former presidential candidate pokes fun at the email scandal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 28, 2018 5:31 PM CDT
Joe Regalbuto, Candice Bergen, and Faith Ford from the comedy series, "Murphy Brown."   (David Giesbrecht/Warner Bros. via AP)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton made a cameo appearance on the premiere of the Murphy Brown reboot as an applicant for a secretarial job who says she has "some experience with emails," a line the show's creator said Friday she was surprised that Clinton was happy to deliver. The former secretary of state, first lady and presidential candidate played a doppelganger named "Hilary" with one L instead of two in a brief scene with star Candice Bergen on the first new episode in 20 years of the CBS sitcom on Thursday night. It was a revival of a running gag from the original show, whose title character had a succession of terrible secretaries and was always having to interview new ones. "Candice just threw out there, 'Hillary Clinton would make a great first secretary,'" the show's creator, Diane English, told The AP in an interview Friday.

"We were kind of hoping and praying that it would actually come to fruition." English wrote the script and sent it to Clinton's people, and while it was tough to make the schedule work, they were fine with all the jokes. "I was assuming that they were going to delete the email reference, but she liked it," English said. Clinton, unmistakable in a red pantsuit, tells Bergen she's worked as a secretary before, in a wink to her days as secretary of state. Bergen tells Clinton she might be a little over-qualified and is left with an email address on a business card that reads "Hilary at you-could-have-had-me dot com." The scene had been omitted from advance screeners of the episode sent to critics. It was shot on a closed set with no audience about two weeks after the rest of the episode.

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