The Times did not state specifically the wording of the question Spicer was responding to.
"Of course I do, absolutely", he said. I mean, who did this? "I was more anxious about the logistical reactions", he said. To make matters worse, a photo posted to Variety's Instagram account caught late night host James Corden on camera giving Spicer a peck on the cheek at the awards show, which elicited further blowback.
Colbert and Spicer didn't anticipate (or didn't care to anticipate) the intense negative backlash that followed.
These critics have taken the awards broadcaster NBC to a task, accusing them of "normalizing" a known public liar and a polarizing figure like Sean Spicer.
Spicer and his wife, Rebecca, arrived back in Washington this week, as The New York Times reveals the former White House press secretary's disguise apparently "included fake facial hair". He also addressed reports suggesting Spicer was the most popular person in the room after his shocking cameo and added, "I think people are forgetting that this man lied to the American people, and should not be embraced".
Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann tweeted that the Emmys lost its credibility by lionizing Spicer. Even a Republican strategist, Kevin Madden, warned on CNN that Spicer should be wary of equating notoriety with respect. We didn't have a child a year ago during the SNL season. He should know the dangers of appearing too chummy: late-night competitor Jimmy Fallon still hasn't recovered from the bad feelings engendered when he tousled Trump's hair when the then-candidate appeared on the Tonight show previous year. These Hollywood phonies kissing up to Sean Spicer are disgusting.
After seeing a clip of Spicer joking that the Emmys had the largest audience ever, Collins said, "I did not find it humorous at all".
We should note it was not Corden who originally invited Spicer, it was Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show (which directly precedes the Late Late Show.) And Corden was not the only one to pal around with Spicer after the opening monologue either. "It's a bit like that".
For the first time, it seems like everyone is pretty pleased with the outcome of Sunday night's Emmys - except for one notable exception.