‘Have you seen Trump naked?’

Ottawa Sun - - SHOWBIZ - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

It was a dif­fer­ent Sean Spicer who paid a visit to ABC’s Jimmy Kim­mel Live Wed­nes­day night.

This was a smil­ing, chill Spicer, in marked con­trast to the six hot-tem­pered months he spent as White House Press Sec­re­tary, con­duct­ing volatile news con­fer­ences that were given added heat thanks to Melissa McCarthy’s un­spar­ing im­per­son­ation of him on SNL.

It was Spicer’s first tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ance since re­sign­ing from the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion in July from what Kim­mel joked was his hit re­al­ity show, “I’m the Press Sec­re­tary — Get Me Out of Here.”

He took Kim­mel’s rib­bing in much bet­ter spir­its than the grilling the White House press corps dished out.

“A lot of th­ese mem­bers of the press were your friends, right?” Kim­mel asked.

“WERE, yeah,” replied Spicer, chuck­ling.

Kim­mel re­minded him of how his ten­ure be­gan: awk­wardly back­ing up Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s claim that his in­au­gu­ra­tion crowd was the big­gest ever, when pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence proved oth­er­wise.

“Why is he so con­cerned with size?” asked Kim­mel. “Have you ever seen the pres­i­dent naked?”

“I have not,” Spicer replied good-na­turedly.

But even if Spicer knew Trump’s crowd wasn’t larger, Kim­mel pressed on, his job as press sec­re­tary obliged him to say that it was.

“Your job as press sec­re­tary is to rep­re­sent the pres­i­dent’s voice,” Spicer ex­plained. “Whether you agree or not is not your job.”

“And then you have to march out there and go, ‘He had a big­ger crowd, every­body,”’ Kim­mel laughed.

At Kim­mel’s urg­ing, Spicer tried to ac­count for the ten­sion that pre­vailed be­tween him and the press corps.

“Some of us who worked very hard to get (Trump) elected felt as though a lot of folks, in the me­dia par­tic­u­larly, con­stantly sought to un­der­mine the va­lid­ity of that elec­tion,” Spicer said. “So you to have to un­der­stand it some­times from that per­spec­tive.”

If Kim­mel thought Spicer would dish dirt on Trump, he was dis­ap­pointed.

“Sean, you don’t work there any­more,” Kim­mel jok­ingly egged him on. “You don’t have to worry about him. We can pro­tect you here.”

But Spicer re­mained res­o­lute in his de­fence of Trump, declar­ing at one point, “He’s a good man that re­ally cares about this coun­try.”

Even so, Spicer did ac­knowl­edge that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the press and the White House could stand some im­prove­ment.

“I think there’s a time when we can start tak­ing down the tem­per­a­ture and get back to a more civil and con­struc­tive di­a­logue,” he said.

To that Kim­mel fired back, “You mean when Mike Pence takes over?”

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