Sean Spicer Had a Meltdown After Trump Fired Comey, Hiding in Bushes and Demanding Darkness

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Press secretary Sean Spicer holds his daily briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

White House press secretary and former Easter Bunny Sean Spicer has a real tough job sometimes. And on Tuesday night, when President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, it apparently became too much to handle.

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Spicer had planned to email out a statement announcing Comey's termination, but as of about 5:40 p.m. EDT Tuesday, the system wasn't working well. Instead, he went to his doorway and yelled the news to the journalists gathered there, according to the Washington Post. Then he closed the door.

At 5:41 p.m., reporters began to tweet the bombshell, and by 5:44 p.m. Spicer's statement explaining that Trump's decision came at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had arrived in inboxes. He followed up with a tweet at 5:50 p.m.

Statement from @WhiteHouse @PressSec on @FBI Director pic.twitter.com/EdBRntMim5

— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) May 9, 2017

Then all hell broke loose.

Aides said he would speak to press about the termination, which was blamed on Comey's supposed mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, then changed their answers and said he wouldn't. Outside, Spicer appeared on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs, at times stuttering and misspeaking, at one point saying the attorney general had been terminated before quickly correcting himself. Photographers could be seen at the edges of the frame taking pictures of Spicer as he spoke with Dobbs.

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"What I can tell you is the president, when given these recommendations, made a decision to accept their conclusions and to remove director Comey and begin that restoration of confidence and leadership that needs to happen there," Spicer said.

The Post detailed also that "Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes" while his press assistants negotiated the terms of a briefing. He stepped out, and asked for the lights on set to be turned off. They were.

He spoke with reporters for about 10 minutes.

WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks to reporters about the firing of FBI Director Comey as he walks into the West Wing. #FBIDirector pic.twitter.com/c2SNG63lIr

— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) May 10, 2017

At WH. Spicer doing off-camera briefing outside. Reporters surround him on dark driveway, leaning in, recorders in hand.

— Robert Costa (@costareports) May 10, 2017

Because it's 2017 and the way we process major events is with internet jokes, the image of Spicer standing in the bushes triggered an outpouring of memes on Wednesday as the Post story circulated.

Several Twitter users compared Spicer to the animated character Homer Simpson, who in an episode famously backed into a hedge to hide himself after his neighbors said they didn't want to hang out with him.

Others excitedly discussed how "Saturday Night Live" might treat the incident. Actress Melissa McCarthy has been appearing on "SNL" for months as a gum-chewing, prop-using, podium-zooming version of Spicer—and, coincidentally, is hosting the show this weekend.

melissa mccarthy hosting snl the same week that spicer decided to hide in the bushes was god's plan

— hayley (@spaghetticat) May 10, 2017

I'm starting to wonder if Spicer actually enjoys the #SNL skits about him and is actively providing them with new material for parody. https://t.co/7N6gnRSfao

— Steve Strohl (@StevenMStrohl) May 10, 2017

People love to hate on Spicer, who has become weirdly famous since taking the job with the White House: An April Quinnipiac University poll found that 49 percent of Americans said they had an unfavorable view of the press secretary. Only 20 percent of people said they liked him, meaning he's even less popular than Trump.