Melissa McCarthy adds spice (and Spicer) as host of 'SNL'

Posted May 17, 2017

Alec Baldwin was back as President Trump in "Saturday Night Live's" cold open, parrying with Michael Che in a spoof of this week's much-publicized interview with NBC News' Lester Holt. "I'm famous - it's okay", fake-Trump responded.

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"I tape whoever I want, whenever I want". Whoever wrote this sketch had a very clear understanding of how retired people probably react to this technology, including their refusal to call it by the right name. "They're going to prove it with a certified letter". But Melissa's impersonation of Spicer has to be the most delicious surprise of this season", James Andrew Miller, author of "Live From New York: "The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live", told CNN.

The sketch included "Spicer" attacking reporters with fire extinguishers and even structures of the White House itself before the reporters asked if Trump is lying to Spicer. "Can't you just do this full-time instead of him?" they pleaded. It took all of about 20 seconds, though, before "Spicey's back, Sarah's out".

Spicer has mostly shrugged off the running gag, but Trump reportedly hated seeing his spokesman portrayed by a woman. The Spicer character rolled out a cart with a Russian nesting doll in a box on the top. Finally, Steve Bannon is portrayed on a matryoshka doll Slimer from Ghostbusters and Attorney Jeff Sessions is Pikachu.

This includes promos that features the actress transforming herself into Spicer to the tune of "I Feel Pretty" from "West Side Story". McCarthy's Spicer says before ditching the press briefing room and riding her motorized podium all the way to Trump Tower in NY in order to find Trump and ask him if he can keep his job as press secretary. She didn't disappoint, turning up the heat with Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump in a fiery viral moment. Fleeing a press briefing, Spicer goes on a road trip to find Donald Trump, and learn once and for all if they really are friends.

To find out, McCarthy's dismayed Spicer took his moving lectern to the streets of NY to speak with Trump. "A little bit of sugar", Trump says while tickling Spicer.