Late-Night Hosts Skewer Sean Spicer For Hiding in Bushes After Comey Firing
They also had a field day with Anderson Cooper's eyeroll at Kellyanne Conway.
After news broke of President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday night, White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave a brief interview to Fox Business from the White House grounds and then he vanished.
The Washington Post reported that Spicer "disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff near a clump of bushes and then behind a tall hedge." Twitter users had a field day, invoking the famous The Simpsons GIF where Homer slips into the hedges. On Wednesday night, late-night TV got its turn.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy Kimmel explained that "White House stress secretary" Spicer was headed off grounds when the Comey firing happened, and "didn't want to answer questions." Spicer was on leave from handling the rest of the week's daily press briefings so he could fulfill his Navy Reserve duty at the Pentagon.
"Sometimes, you gotta stop and smell the Rose Garden," said Kimmel.
But reporters spotted Spicer — "I guess they heard crying in the bushes," Kimmel joked — and Trump's spokesperson agreed to come out as long as the reporters turned their camera lights off.
"Sean Spicer's about two weeks away from throwing down a smoke bomb and disappearing like Batman," Kimmel said.
The host also poked fun at "someone who I thought might have run away," Kellyanne Conway, who appeared on CNN to spar with Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night and Chris Cuomo the following morning over Trump's decision.
"That's quite an eyeroll," Kimmel said of Cooper's reaction after playing a clip. He then added of Conway, "She's back and better than ever."
After skewering Trump over the firing on Tuesday night, late-night hosts collectively continued another night of attack on Wednesday.
Late Night's Seth Meyers also applauded Cooper's now-viral eyeroll during Conway's return to cable news TV, calling it "epic" and the "only silver lining" of the interview.
"He rolled his eyes so far back I expected his makeup artist to run back on to draw in a new set of pupils," joked Meyers.
Meanwhile, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert and James Corden all took on Spicer in the bushes.
"Sean Spicer 'managed the narrative' by hiding in the bushes so reporters wouldn't film him because he'd rather get Lyme disease than talk to the press," said Bee during her "Our Weekly Constitutional Crisis" segment. While talking about Spicer, she aired a photo of green bushes labeled: Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Predecessor, a reference to the deputy press secretary.
After calling Spicer the "original Boss Baby," Colbert recapped the report and then hid in his own set of bushes to pose as Spicer.
The Late Show host also commented on a "rehydrated Kellyanne Conway" and played the CNN clip, instructing viewers to watch his eyes: "He couldn't possibly show more contempt than that."
Over on The Late Late Show, host James Corden purported to have discovered Spicer's secret hideout.
"He did what any professional White House press secretary would do," Corden recapped. "A grown man, hiding in the bushes from doing his job. That's like when I hide in the gym toilets to avoid my personal trainer."
Corden joked that the Russians were surprised to hear the news, as they thought Trump was "the only plant in the White House."
He also broke out in laughter over Cooper's eyeroll, replaying it in slow motion. "Never has one eyeroll said so much for so many," he said. "Even 14-year-old mean girls were like, 'That was so impressive.' I don't know how Kellyanne Conway got so tanned because Anderson Cooper is throwing nothing but shade."