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

The buildup grew when cellphone video and photos emerged Friday showing McCarthy dressed as her breakout character this season, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, rolling around a busy Manhattan street on a mobile podium. McCarthy asks Baldwin, who is playing the president in the sketch.

He outlined what could become a new plan to communicate with reporters, citing his dissatisfaction with his own press department after a spate of conflicting reports in the immediate aftermath of FBI Director James Comey's firing.

You're really gonna ask me that? "I sit on every chair like it's a toilet".

Referring to his presidency as a TV show, he vowed it will run for eight years. "In an upcoming episode, we will find out that Kellyanne [Conway] has been dead this whole time". The high point came when Holt got Trump to agree he had obstructed justice. "Nothing matters? Absolutely nothing matters anymore", Che's Holt added, possibly referencing a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent depressing reaction to Comey's firing. And if Sean Spicer's future as press secretary is in jeopardy, SNL fans may also see less of McCarthy.

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (who described herself as the daughter of Mike Huckabee "and a big Southern hamburger") did her best to cover for her absent boss, assuring reporters that he was not, in fact, lurking in the bushes.

A misfired joke about "pants on fire", played largely for the visual of McCarthy unleashing an extinguisher, was followed by the more solid visual comedy spun out of a question about Russian Federation. Like Baldwin, McCarthy has effectively turned into an honorary cast member, thanks to her Spicer. "If he's insane, he's insane like a fox". I thought, 'He's investigating Russian Federation. "Trump in innocent. How do we know?" "SNL" then reminded us of Trump's vile comments on the Access Hollywood bus when Baldwin told "Spicer", "I'm famous - it's okay". "They're going to prove it with a certified letter".

"Trump" then tried to ease his employee's fears with an unusual request.

That brief glimpse of one of America's favorite comedic actors taking her Spicey act on the road in real traffic suggested all sorts of outrageous possibilities. Soon after another reporter posed the question, "Why is everyone saying he's (Trump) about to fire you and replace you with Sarah (Huckabee Sanders)?".

On "Saturday Night Live", however, the press corps pointed out Spicer could be seen just outside the briefing room, hiding in some bushes while he peered in. "I hope to God, I hope it killed her", she yelled. "SNL" added the scratch along with James Brown's "I Feel Good".

Spicer arrived at Trump Tower, only to be told by the doormen that Trump doesn't come there anymore.

The cold open was Baldwin's next to last appearance as Trump this season - and he's implied that his last will be next week.

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