The Emmys racked up quite the surprise for the audience and viewers last night (September 17) when host Stephen Colbert brought former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on stage.
However, his appearance has already proved very controversial, not least because of a photo James Corden posted with Spicer backstage.
Donald Trump’s former press secretary was introduced on stage by Colbert as he mused over how big the ratings for the ceremony would be.
Walking on stage with a podium much like Melissa McCarthy’s Saturday Night Live spoof, Spicer referred to his infamous boast about the fake numbers for Trump’s inauguration, saying: “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the world.”
However, later on Corden was seen backstage embracing Spicer and appearing to give him a kiss on the cheek, which has not gone down well.
Fans have slammed the Late Late Show host over the image, many comparing it to Jimmy Fallon’s infamous hair ruffling incident with Trump and suggested he was “normalising” the divisive Spicer.
“If you were ever on the fence about James Corden… allow me to help you decide,” wrote one user on Twitter.
“Plz stop normalizing these f**king liars,” another wrote on Instagram, while a third added: “Just no! He is not some lovable oaf! Stop.”
However, some came to Corden’s defence:
Meanwhile, last night’s Emmys saw big wins for The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies and Black Mirror, as well as plenty of political commentary.
Stephen Colbert hosted the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, airing live on CBS in the US.
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