Melissa McCarthy adds spice (and Spicer) as host of 'SNL'

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The acting pair reprised their now famous roles, with Baldwin impersonating President Trump, and McCarthy the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, on tonight's episode of the US TV show.

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 7, 2016 file photo, Melissa McCarthy arrives at the ELLE Women in Comedy Event at Hyde Sunset in Los Angeles. "Kiss me", Trump replies.

"I can't go back to the Navy!" It was reported last week that Spicer was spotted by a reporter hiding in a row of bushes in the White House garden. On Friday, social media captured Melissa McCarthy's Spicey - who often lifts up his podium and uses it to intimidate reporters - rolling through Manhattan traffic via motorized podium, yelling at cars to get out of the way.

It sometimes seems the opposition to Trump is carried by a cadre of Irish Americans - Colbert, Maher, Baldwin, McCarthy, even Fallon these days.

The opening segment featured "part two" of Trump's interview with Lester Holt, with Alec Baldwin playing Trump and Michael Che playing "Saturday Night Live".

As for Comey's replacement, Baldwin's Trump vowed that it will be someone "so bonkers you're going to wish like hell it was Judge Judy".

McCarthy took repeated pies to the face as a hapless contestant on a game show called "Just Desserts!".

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Then, he took the podium to clear some things up. So, with Melissa as this week's host, we knew Saturday Night Live would be good - and it did not disappoint.

Promising reporters that there was no truth to the claims because Trump "told us so", the Spicer parody then explained the official White House line through a series of Russian dolls, with Ghostbusters' monster Slimer standing in for Executive Steve Bannon and Pikachu for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Asked about Trump's mental fitness, McCarthy's combative Spicer tells the press "If he's insane, he's insane like a fox with mental problems".

But was this true?

SNL cast Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, with Sanders as the potential threat to Spicer's job. Had Trump been feeding him lies?

The long-running NBC sketch series has thrived in the ratings thanks in large part to regular appearances by McCarthy as Spicer and Baldwin as President Donald Trump, with this season up 25% in the demo and 31% in total viewers compared to the same point a year ago.