Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance at the Emmys to help Stephen Colbert capitalize on a joke aimed at President Donald Trump.
When Colbert commented on the size of the audience for the 69th annual Emmy Awards, he brought out Spicer to help confirm the numbers, the Daily Mail reported.
"Of course, what really matters to Donald Trump is ratings," Colbert told the audience during his opening monologue, according to a transcript by The New York Times. "You’ve got to have the big numbers. And I certainly hope we achieved that tonight. Unfortunately, at this point, we have no way of knowing how big our audience is. I mean is there anyone who can say how big the audience is? Sean, do you know?"
"This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period," Spicer said after wheeling himself in on a White House-like podium. "Both in person and around the world."
"Wow, that really soothes my fragile ego," Colbert responded. "I can understand why you would want one of these guys around. Melissa McCarthy, everybody. Give it up!"
Colbert took several jabs at the president during his monologue, calling him a "morally corrupt anti-hero" and a "whiter Walter White."
"However you feel about the president, and you do feel about the president, you can't deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way," Colbert said. "All the late night shows, obviously, 'House of Cards,' the new season of 'American Horror Story.'"
Colbert also brought up the time Trump called the Emmys "rigged" because his show, "The Apprentice," didn't win.
"And we all know the Emmys mean a lot to Donald Trump. Because he was nominated multiple times for 'Celebrity Apprentice' but he never won," Colbert said. "Why didn’t you give him an Emmy? I tell you this. If he had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn’t have run for president. So in a way this is all your fault."
He played footage from the 2016 presidential debate between Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where Trump insisted he should have won the Emmy.
"But he didn’t. Because unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote," Colbert quipped.
Colbert also took a jab at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who recently became a trending topic on Twitter after his official account liked a pornographic video clip on the social media site, The Washington Post reported.
"Of course, these days everybody loves streaming video. Just ask Ted Cruz," Colbert joked. "But knock first. You don’t want to just walk in."
Cruz has since denied that he himself liked the video, blaming the incident on a staff member who clicked the wrong button.
“It was not me, and it’s not going to happen again,” Cruz told CNN. “It was a staffing issue and it was inadvertent. It was a mistake.”