By Dan Snierson
September 21, 2017 at 05:06 PM EDT

Now that we know that the ratings for the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards have essentially tied last year’s ceremony as the lowest on record, that Sean Spicer appearance takes on a bit of extra resonance. The former White House Press Secretary was trotted out by host Stephen Colbert for a bit in which Spicer emerged on a podium, declaring, “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys — period — both in person and around the world,” which was a nod to his patently false assertion that Trump’s inauguration numbers were the largest ever for a president.

The cameo drew a mixed response from the audience, and speaking of fake politics, count Veep showrunner David Mandel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus among those who were not amused at all.

“I’m mad at myself for not booing and walking out,” Mandel tells EW. “I found it disgusting. Being in a comedy bit does not make him innocent of his crimes… He was up there making light of lies he told the American people.”

Seconds Louis-Dreyfus: “I don’t think it’s cute. There’s nothing funny about Sean Spicer and what his actions have been and what his behavior has been about. Period.”

Of course, Colbert — as well as some celebrities on the stage — was not shy about using the forum to bash President Donald Trump, and Louis-Dreyfus joined the host for an opening musical number about how TV can take away the troubles of the troubling state of the world, singing, “Imagine if your President wasn’t loved by Nazis.”

Veep itself had an undisputed successful night, taking home its third consecutive best comedy Emmy, while Louis-Dreyfus claimed a record sixth consecutive lead actress trophy for her portrayal of Selina Meyer.

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