What on Earth will Melissa McCarthy do?
What will happen to Saturday Night Live’s ratings?
The consternation at NBC can almost be felt as the White House announced that Press Secretary Sean Spicer is getting a promotion.
The embattled Spicer, who is the frequent target of McCarthy’s over-the-top impersonation on “SNL,” will oversee the entire communications department for the Trump administration.
The move to the new role, the equivalent of a deputy chief of staff position, means Spicer will no longer handle day-to-day duties behind the podium in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House.
His daily briefings have become “must-see-TV” in the five months since he first appeared and launched an excoriating attack on the media in his debut.
Many thought Spicer was channeling his boss through his bluster, and at least one cable news channel began airing the daily briefings drawing viewers hoping to see hot-tempered exchanges that would be parodied on Saturday night.
Spicer will be managing both the communications department and the White House Press Office, a departure from the traditional division of duties in previous administrations.
The change is thought to be part of President Trump’s interest in finding new ways to coordinate the messaging from the White House that takes advantage not only of all media, but that keep up with the faster pace of communications.
No date for the transition was announced, nor was a replacement for the daily briefings.
Recently, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, has filled in for Spicer when he was fulfilling his duties as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and may be in the running for a promotion to the post on a permanent basis.
It is a sad day indeed for SNL and Democrats.