By Nick Romano
April 25, 2017 at 08:03 AM EDT
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Having portrayed C.J. Cregg, the White House Press Secretary on Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing, Allison Janney is sympathetic to the plight of Sean Spicer.

“I feel sorry for Mr. Spicer,” the actress told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Monday night while promoting her Broadway turn in Six Degrees of Separation. “He’s remarkable because he always seems to be in a state of fight and flight at the same time. It’s not easy, and I as C.J., I had Aaron Sorkin in my cockpit and he has someone I’m not sure knows how to fly the plane — or a cockpit.”

It’s an analogy Janney used earlier Monday morning while discussing Spicer with the ladies of The View. “It’s a difficult job even if you’re working for a president that has a high approval rating, and you have to be a servant of two masters — the president and the press and the people — it’s a very difficult tight rope,” she told the roundtable.

“The best thing about Sean Spicer is Melissa McCarthy,” Janney added. “That’s the one positive thing that I think has come out of that.”

Janney recalled to both Colbert and The View her one encounter with now-President Trump while filming Woody Allen’s 1998 film Celebrity, in which Trump had a cameo. Playing a real estate agent, she stumbled with the pronunciation of triplex.

“They do a take a Woody Allen comes over to me and says, ‘Is it trī-pleks or tri-pleks?’ And I kind of went, ‘I just always said trī-pleks.’ He said, ‘Well, you better find out,’ and turned around and walked away,” she explained to Colbert.

So Janney ran over to “that man who’s in real estate” making a cameo in the film for clarification. “And they say he doesn’t know anything,” Joy Behar joked on her View segment.

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