For a long time, we had assumed that the first TV appearance for former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer would be on Saturday Night Live (or maybe that was just the hope of all of us over here in the CarterMatt offices), however, that has turned out not to be the case.
Today, a tweet-exchange between Spicer and Jimmy Kimmel made it clear that Sean will actually give his first network TV interview to Jimmy Kimmel Live! — an interesting choice in venue given that Jimmy probably won’t take any prisoners and be rather tough on him at times. Yet, Kimmel’s also not a politician, so we can see him ribbing Spicer without also burning him to the ground. We figure that Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of him could be a hot topic, but so could his attitude with reporters and what he plans on doing next. We don’t feel like this interview will end up being too political, mostly because Sean Spicer is probably going to just try to laugh at himself.
There is also an interesting bit of network synergy in this gig for Spicer, especially when you consider that he was previously discussed as a contender for this upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. We understand why ABC and the show’s producers would’ve wanted him for that, given that he is such a firebrand and we know that there’s a history of controversial stars in the ballroom. Yet, that didn’t happen and we’re pretty happy about that. We don’t like it when Dancing with the Stars gets overly political since it’s one of our go to places to get away from that. As for Jimmy Kimmel Live! (and other late-night talk shows), that is a completely different story.
Spicer’s appearance on the show is going to air on Wednesday, September 13, and we have a feeling that this is going to be the beginning of many more appearances from him across TV land.
Is a Saturday Night Live appearance still possible?
We think so, but the issue with Spicer coming on board the NBC show is this: What in the world would he actually do on that show now? He’s not relevant at this point. Were it not for the Weekend Update Summer Edition specials, we probably wouldn’t have even had The Mooch.
For now, we’re just excited to know that the Saturday Night Live premiere (coming up this fall) is going to feature Ryan Gosling as the host and JAY-Z as a musical guest. At the moment, there is no better gig in late-night … though talking with Jimmy Kimmel isn’t all that bad, either.
What do you think about Sean Spicer getting this gig?
Share in the comments below and tell us whether or not you are planning to watch. Meanwhile, you can head over to the link here for some more news on TV gigs for a few other political figures — Steve Bannon and Hillary Clinton. After a few weeks of relative quiet, things are about to get rather loud in the TV space! We’re stoked to see exactly what is going to come as a result of that. (Photo: ABC.)