Sean Spicer’s “cute” but mostly horrifying cameo at the Emmys, which saw him mocking the very insane lies he told the American people to sate the monstrous ego of our fascist president, was a Controversial Award Show Moment for the books.
It was so controversial that it could have only been outdone by oh, say, a flurry of pictures of celebrities rubbing elbows with the former press secretary, led by one of James Corden straining to no-homo kiss Spicer like it was the afterparty of a high school production of Lil’ Abner.
Naturally, the internet was not too pleased with Corden, because fucking duh.
Well now Corden has finally had the opportunity to tell his side of the story on his platform that is his television show, which you can watch here. Last night, during his Late Late Show monologue, Corden joked as the picture of the two of them popped up (emphasis mine):
I know you think that is a picture of me kissing Sean Spicer. But in the spirit of Sean Spicer — no, it isn’t!
Anyone ever have that feeling when you get a little drunk and then wake up the next morning and think ‘Oh God, who did I kiss last night?’ It’s a bit like that. To be fair, everyone was kissing ass last night at the Emmys. I just happened to kiss the biggest one there.
Understandably, some people have been disappointed by this photo. In truth, I’m disappointed by it as well. I am, have been reading a lot of harsh comments on Twitter today, and I hear you loud and clear, truly, I do. So much so I’m really starting to regret that Carpool Karaoke that we’ve taped with Steve Bannon. Feels like a mistake today.
If anything, at least Jimmy Fallon is resting a little easier these days knowing he was not alone in falling into the somehow seductive trap of ~inadvertently~ endorsing white supremacists and those who enable them. Sleep tight, little Jimmy.