12:24pm PT by Ashley Lee
Matt Walsh Says 'Veep' Press Secretary Was More Effective Than Sean Spicer
Matt Walsh isn’t a fan of Sean Spicer.
The Veep actor — who has attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner with the rest of the cast of the HBO political satire in previous years — told The Hollywood Reporter that his character, Mike McLintock, was a more effective director of communications than the White House’s actual press secretary.
“[Spicer] creates more fires than he went out there to put out, and he doesn’t know when to stop talking,” Walsh explained at Samantha Bee’s Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. “Mike is actually good at the podium. He’s an idiot, but he’s not as bad as Spicer.”
Now in its sixth season, Veep has distanced itself from real-life events by charting Selina Meyer's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) journey as an ex-president. As showrunner David Mandel previously explained in a guest column for THR, "We are not doing the Trump experience." Walsh's McLintock is now a former press secretary.
As for what the real-life press secretary can learn from Veep, Walsh noted, “[Spicer] should quit.”
He added, "Or at least say things like, 'No comment,' 'I’ll get back to you' or, 'Don’t parse my words.' "
Walsh told THR that his attendance at the Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner wasn’t a protest of the official event, which also took place Saturday night, since he had no intention of being in Washington, D.C., until receiving Bee’s invite.
“I’m excited for Sam — she’s an old friend, and I think it’s cool to counterprogram the [official] event. It’s a rebellious comedic thing to do,” he said before the taping with the Full Frontal host on Saturday afternoon. “I hear there’s a surprise guest!”