“I suppose I should say, at long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy,” joked Alec Baldwin at the Emmy podium as he won Best Comedy Supporting Actor for his recurring role as Donald Trump on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” (See Emmy winners list.) Backstage in the press room, Baldwin talked about what it was like seeing Sean Spicer (the real one, not the one played by Melissa McCarthy on TV) on the Emmy stage — a moment that instantly went viral. Watch Baldwin’s backstage Emmy video above.
“The average person is very grateful for [Spicer] to have a sense of humor and participate,” Baldwin said about the former White House press secretary. “Spicer obviously was compelled to do certain things that we might not have respected or we might not have admired or we might have been super critical of in order to do his job. But I’ve done some jobs that are things that you shouldn’t admire or respect me for either, so he and I have that in common, I suppose.”
According to Gold Derby’s exclusive odds, Baldwin was the frontrunner to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Supporting Actor with leading 1/4 odds. This was his third win after prevailing twice for “30 Rock” as Best Comedy Actor in 2008 and 2009. “SNL” won four acting Emmys this year, a record for a TV comedy series. Besides Baldwin, Kate McKinnon, Dave Chappelle and McCarthy also prevailed.