Sean Spicer Says Melissa McCarthy ‘SNL’ Parody Was ‘Cute’ (Video)

White House press secretary weighs in on chewing gum joke: “way too many pieces in there”

Last Updated: February 6, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

Melissa McCarthy may have elicited the last laugh when it came to her much-watched parody of White House press secretary Sean Spicer. But in a surprise move, Spicer is going against character and showing he’s being a good sport about the whole thing.

Spicer called the “Saturday Night Live” sketch “cute” and “funny” on “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning, adding, though, that he said he prefers to talk about the issues.

“It’s part of American culture,” he added with a smile.

Spicer had at least one critique for McCarthy when asked for his thoughts by “Extra,” saying that she “needs to slow down on the gum chewing — way too many pieces in there.” He also suggested that McCarthy “could dial it back.”

On Saturday, McCarthy made a surprise appearance on “SNL” playing Spicer, getting so worked up during a White House press briefing that she shouted at reporters and hit them with her podium.

McCarthy’s Spicer tore into reporters, asking questions about Trump’s executive actions and his ban on travelers from seven primarily Muslim nations.

“Before we begin, I know that myself and the press have gotten off to a rocky start,” Spicer began. “All right, all right, all right, all right. In a sense, when I say ‘rocky start,’ I mean it in the sense of ‘Rocky’ the movie. Because I came out here to punch you! In the face! And also I don’t talk so good. So I’d like to begin today by apologizing on behalf of you, to me. For how you treated me in the last two weeks. And that apology is not accepted.

“I’m here to swallow gum and I’m here to take names,” the faux Spicer continued, pouring gum into his mouth and then pulling the gob out to stick it to his podium.

President Trump has not chimed in on the latest episode of “SNL,” despite typically mocking it as unfunny when he is parodied on the show.