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FILE- In this May 12, 2017, file photo actress Melissa McCarthy portrays White House spokesman Sean Spicer, while taping a segment for Saturday Night Live on Friday in New York. Almost from Day One, it was clear that Sean Spicer would ride a uniquely rocky and humiliating road as President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Melissa McCarthy won an Emmy for her Sean Spicer impersonation


Actress Melissa McCarthy on Sunday won an Emmy Award for best guest actress on a comedy series following her appearances on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live."

McCarthy hosted an episode of the popular sketch comedy series earlier this year before repeatedly portraying then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

The actress’s award was announced during Sunday’s creative arts awards, which are the precursor to the main Emmy Awards ceremony slated for next weekend.

The creative arts ceremony was divided between Saturday and Sunday and honors technical and other achievements.

The main version of the event will air this Sunday on CBS with comic and late-night talk show Stephen Colbert hosting the broadcast.

Comedian Dave Chappelle on Sunday also earned a best guest actor Emmy for his work on “SNL” earlier this year.

Chappelle hosted the first “SNL” episode following President Trump’s election to the White House last November.

“SNL” is tied for the most Emmy nominations this year with HBO’s “Westworld,” with each show up for 22 awards apiece.

“Westworld” is a science fiction thriller concerned with a futuristic, Wild West-themed amusement park populated by android hosts.

“SNL” bid farewell to McCarthy’s portrayal of Spicer in July, releasing a compilation of her most memorable moments impersonating him.

Spicer resigned from his position during the same month after Trump briefly appointed Anthony Scaramucci as his new White House communications director.

The former Trump administration official last July criticized some of the “SNL” sketches about him.

“I think that there were some parts of it that were funny, but there’s a lot of it that was over the line,” Spicer said on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

“Sometimes it can be funny. But sometimes it goes from funny to mean. It wasn’t funny. It was stupid, or silly, or malicious.”

McCarthy debuted her caricature of Spicer last February, and “SNL” grabbed its highest ratings in six years on the night of her first time playing him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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