By Noelene Clark
February 09, 2017 at 07:36 PM EST
Will Heath/NBC

Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live may have won over millions of viewers, but don’t count the president — or his press secretary, Sean Spicer — among his fans. Now, Baldwin is responding to Spicer’s recent criticism that Baldwin’s impression is too “mean.”

“What is he supposed to say?” said Baldwin about Spicer’s comments during an interview with his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, who is a correspondent for Extra. “All those guys are working for Trump; they work for the president, and they are going to say what they need to say to fit in… That’s symbolic of where we’re at — we repeat back everything that Trump says.”

Spicer last week told Extra that “Alec has gone from funny to mean, and that’s unfortunate. SNL used to be really funny. There’s a streak of meanness now that they’ve crossed over to mean.” And Trump himself has called the long-running NBC sketch comedy series “not funny,” “unwatchable,” and “biased,” and has aimed venom at Baldwin, saying his portrayal “stinks” and “can’t get any worse.”

For his part, Baldwin said portraying Trump is no picnic. “Playing him is not a lot of fun,” he told Extra. “He’s tense, he’s angry, he’s pissed off, and that’s not fun to play.” He added, “Another thing I find that’s so weird about the stuff we’re doing, we’re just repeating back what he says. … Doing this is strange, but what is even more strange is this is real.”

Read more of the interview over at extratv.com.

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