Sean Spicer is happy to be on the other side of the television screen.
While acknowledging his days as White House press secretary were an “honor,” Spicer also signaled Friday that life outside the briefing room has been a breath of fresh air.
“They’re much more relaxed,” President Donald Trump’s former spokesman told “Fox & Friends” in an interview Friday. “It was an honor to serve as press secretary to this president and speak on behalf of the United States. It’s an honor that very few have had, and I will cherish it for the rest of my life, but the life since then has been very, very enjoyable and relaxed.”
Spicer resigned in July after Trump brought Anthony Scaramucci into the White House for a short-lived run as communications director, though he continued to remain in the White House through August. Scaramucci only lasted 10 days in the administration, but his presence precipitated the departure of Spicer and former chief of staff Reince Priebus, who worked with Spicer at the Republican National Committee before they joined the White House.
Spicer spent most of his days trying to speak for a president aides say is his own best spokesperson. He may be remembered most for the way he was caricatured by Melissa McCarthy on “Saturday Night Live.”
Co-host Brian Kilmeade estimated that “91 percent of the stories about this president were negative,” adding that it “must have caused a lot of your heartburn, I imagine.”
“That didn’t help,” Spicer said, laughing.
The good news, co-host Steve Doocy interjected, is that Spicer can watch television on Saturday nights.
“I actually am looking forward to reengaging with my family and doing a lot of other things,” Spicer said. “Watching television in general, never mind what night, will be something that I finally get to engage in again.”
POLITICO reported earlier this month that Spicer signed with Worldwide Speakers Group. His first paid speaking gig was Monday at an annual conference for investment bank Rodman & Renshaw.
The former press secretary also made a late-night appearance with Jimmy Kimmel, still maintaining the administration’s position that Trump’s inauguration drew the largest crowd “ever,” despite photo evidence that President Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration was larger.