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Could 'SNL' Impression Cost Sean Spicer His Job? (Photo)

| by Brendan Kelly

Reports suggest that Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on "Saturday Night Live" may cost Spicer his position in President Donald Trump's administration.

According to the Daily Mail, Trump was reportedly infuriated by Melissa McCarthy's impression of Sean Spicer in the latest episode of "SNL." 

A top Trump donor told Politico that "Trump doesn't like his people to look weak."

McCarthy's portrayal of the press secretary reportedly angered Trump not only because she played him as a press secretary who makes up facts, but also because the impression was done by a woman, which sources say particularly bothered the president.

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Many noticed that Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter following this week's episode of "SNL," as the president has previously made his opinion heard on the social media platform, attacking the show for being "unfunny" and "unoriginal." Trump has been outspoken about Alec Baldwin's impression of him in particular.

McCarthy's portrayal of Spicer comes after the press secretary used his first time behind the podium to make false statements to the media regarding the crowd size during Trump's inauguration and refused to take questions from reporters.

According to the Daily Mail, insiders have said that Spicer was not the first choice for the position of Press Secretary, and that the fact that Senior White House officials Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks continue to attend the daily briefings means that they believe Spicer may still need supervision.

When asked about McCarthy's impression of him, Spicer responded lightheartedly, saying McCarthy "needs to slow down on the gum chewing; way too many pieces in there."

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Insiders told Politico that Spicer and his coworkers were trying to take the impression lightly.

"He takes the job seriously but doesn't take himself that seriously," a source told Politico. "He knows that put him on the stratosphere of recognition ... You've got to embrace it."

The impact that McCarthy's impression reportedly had on the president has many suggesting that other women play members of Trump's administration on "SNL." Some have suggested Rosie O'Donnell, who has had a long-running feud with the president, should play Trump's Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, on the sketch comedy show.

"Omg if Rosie O'Donnell plays Steve Bannon on this weekend's #SNL, it might actually be enough to get Trump to fire him," one user wrote on Twitter.

When asked if she would consider taking a role on "SNL," O'Donnell responded she "will be ready."

Sources: Daily MailPolitico / Photo credit: NBCUniversal via Daily Mail

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