James Corden has apologised after he was photographed kissing former Trump press secretary at last weekend’s Emmys.
The Late Late Show host has now revealed he is “disappointed” in himself for the stunt, blaming too much drink.
The comedian and presenter faced a backlash for cosying up to Spicer and mentioned the “harsh comments” he received as he presented Monday night’s show.
He has now told fans he heard their complaints “loud and clear and does not want to stand by while “normalising fascism”.
“The big winners last night were Donald Glover, Hulu and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Spicer won best actor in a comedy for his role in Donald Trump’s administration,” Corden said.
“I’m kidding, of course. But Sean Spicer actually did make a cameo at last night’s ceremony.
“According to some reports, at the after-party, Spicer was the most popular guy in the room.
“And I just want to say, I think people are forgetting that this man lied to the American people, and should not be embraced.”
He continued: “These Hollywood phonies kissing up to Sean Spicer are disgusting. I mean, who did this? Who are we talking about here?”
“Yeah. 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.”
He then appeared to apologise to disappointed viewers for kissing Mr Spicer on the cheek.
“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,” he said.
Stephen Colbert introduced Spicer as Melissa McCarthy, who is well known for her impressions of Spicer on SNL.
Spicer mimicked himself and President Trump as he told those at the ceremony that it would be “the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the world.”
The awards camera panned at the audience, including McCarthy, as they all looked shocked at Spicer’s appearance.