White House press secretary Sean Spicer spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity to discuss his decision to resign Friday and his thoughts on Saturday Night Live’s lauded parody of President Donald Trump’s administration.
In an interview that aired Friday night on Hannity, Spicer admitted “when it’s funny, it’s funny,” but “sometimes it goes from funny to mean.”
Spicer, who was famously impersonated on SNL by Melissa McCarthy throughout his time as press secretary, noted, “I think that there were parts of it that were funny, but there’s a lot of it that was over the line. It wasn’t funny. It was stupid, or silly, or malicious.” He added, “But there were some skits on late-night television that I did crack up at.”
When asked about his sudden resignation announcement, Spicer explained that though Trump didn’t want him to leave, the two eventually came to an agreement on what would be best for the administration.
“He’s been very gracious throughout this process. He wanted to bring some new folks in to help rev up the communications operation,” Spicer said of Trump, who hired new White House communications director and New York financier Anthony Scaramucci. As his first act on the job, Scaramucci announced that Sarah Huckabee Sanders – who had up until now acted as Spicer’s deputy and filled in for him in recent weeks as he worked more behind the scenes – would be the new press secretary.
“After reflection, my decision was to recommend to the president that I give Anthony [Scaramucci] and Sarah [Huckabee Sanders] a clean slate to start from so that they can talk about the president’s agenda and help move it forward,” Spicer continued. “He, after some back and forth, understood that the offer that I was making was something that was in the best interest of this administration. I thanked him for the opportunity, and I’m looking forward to watching Anthony and Sarah do a tremendous job.”
According to those close to the situation, Spicer’s decision to resign comes after he reportedly objected to the hiring of Scaramucci, whom he considered unfit for the position.
Speaking with Hannity, however, Spicer said he didn’t feel he was being “pushed out” in any way: “I just thought it was in the best interest of our press organization to not have too many cooks in the kitchen.”
The announcement ended an oft-maligned six-month tenure for Spicer, who will remain in the position through August.
In a statement, Trump said of Spicer, “I am grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of the administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to other opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings.”
Scaramucci also weighed in, saying of Spicer, “He’s a military serviceman, he’s got a great family, and he’s done a great job,” adding that “this is a difficult situation to be in and I applaud his efforts.”
-Culled from msn.com