‘Veep’ Showrunner Regrets ‘Not Booing and Walking Out’ on Sean Spicer’s Emmys Gag

“I found it disgusting … being in a comedy bit does not make him innocent of his crimes,” David Mandel says

Last Updated: September 22, 2017 @ 8:20 AM

Some people found Sean Spicer’s self-deprecating skit at the Emmys to be funny. “Veep” showrunner David Mandel was not one of them.

“I’m mad at myself for not booing and walking out,” he told EW. “I found it disgusting. Being in a comedy bit does not make him innocent of his crimes … He was up there making light of lies he told the American people.”

Mandel’s star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who on Sunday won her record sixth Emmy award (in six tries) for playing Selina Meyer, saw it the same way.

“I don’t think it’s cute,” she said in the interview. “There’s nothing funny about Sean Spicer and what his actions have been and what his behavior has been about. Period.”

Those two are certainly not alone in that opinion.

During the 69th annual Emmy Awards, host Stephen Colbert called Spicer out to the stage, which got a mixed reaction. The main emotion and response from the room seemed to be shock.

Armed with a Melissa McCarthy-on-“SNL”-esque moving podium, the former White House Press Secretary assured the actors in attendance and the American public at home that these Emmys would be witnessed by the largest audience in history, a play on all that Trump presidential inauguration crowd-size nonsense.

Spoiler alert: much like the Jan. 20, 2017 headcount, this Emmys audience absolutely did not live up to the hype.

Later that night, Mandel’s genius HBO sitcom took home its third-straight Outstanding Comedy Emmy, which probably helped cushion the blow a bit.