Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump often enjoyed “Saturday Night Live's” satirical take on his administration, even at times calling staff members into his office to laugh at skits.
“I think the president's got a great sense of humor,” Spicer told The Blast on Tuesday. The reporter then asked the former White House insider whether or Trump ever “called you guys into the office to laugh about the skits?”
“There were a couple of times, sure,” Spicer said. “We had a good time about it.”
Spicer's comments paint a more light-hearted response to the NBC show's often biting take on Trump's presidency than the president himself has shown in public. “Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me,” Trump tweeted following an October episode. “Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”
Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
Just a few months later in December, the then president-elect attacked the live sketch show again saying, “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live — unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad”
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live — unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
While “SNL” has been considerably scathing in its portrayal of the 45th president of the United States, the show did take flack during for allowing Trump to host during primary season in 2015.
Spicer also told The Blast that he thinks Melissa McCarthy should “share” her recent Emmy win with him for portraying him on the show.
When asked if he would ever consider hosting “SNL,” Spicer said: “We'll see, if they ask we'll have a conversation.”