White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded to Melissa McCarthy's impression of him on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
The casting of McCarthy as Spicer was a big, surprise moment on the latest episode of SNL, with the actress donning very convincing makeup and giving a bold, incredible performance as the press secretary. The sketch featured McCarthy as Spicer downing a bunch of chewing gum, berating journalists and picking up his podium and literally attacking the press.
Spicer spoke with Extra on Sunday about McCarthy's impression of him and gave her some tips.
Spicer said that McCarthy "needs to slow down on the gum chewing; way too many pieces in there." and while he admitted it was a "funny" sketch, he thought the actress "could dial back" a bit.
The episode also featured Alec Baldwin reprising his role as President Donald Trump, with the episode's cold open centering on the president's temper. Spicer told Extra that he thought Baldwin's impression was "mean", stating, "Alec has gone from funny to mean, and that's unfortunate. 'SNL' used to be really funny. There's a streak of meanness now that they've crossed over to mean."
President Trump happens to share this sentiment, as seen by his multiple tweets bashing SNL for Baldwin's impression of him. He has also spoke at length about his issues with the show in interviews, such as the one with Today in December:
"Well, I hosted 'SNL' when it was a good show, but it's not a good show anymore," Trump said. "Nothing to do with me - there's nothing funny about it. The skits are terrible. I mean, I like Alec, but his imitation of me is really mean-spirited and not very good. I don't think it's good. I do like him, and I like him as an actor, but I don't think his imitation of me gets me at all. And it's meant to be very mean-spirited, which is very biased. I don't like it. So I can tweet that out."
SNL has been having a field day parodying Trump's candidacy and now presidency, and has extended to spoofing prominent members of his team, like Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon.