Melissa McCarthy has returned as Sean Spicer in Saturday Night Live in an epic sketch which riffed on the press secretary's recent controversy over comments he made about Hitler, as well as the United Airlines incident which saw a passenger being dragged violently from an airplane.

The actress played Spicer dressed in an Easter Bunny costume who was returning to the podium at the White House to give a special Easter message.

McCarthy's Spicer kicked off the skit in a typically bombastic style by yelling: "Everybody shut up so I can apologise. Yes, you all got your wish this week, didn't ya? Spicey finally made a mistake."

After bumbling the name of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, 'Spicey' went on to try and apologise for the offence caused by the real Spicer’s press briefing last week, when he said that Hitler never used chemical weapons on his own people and described concentration camps as "Holocaust centres."

McCarthy's Spicer said: "Yeah, I know they’re not really called 'Holocaust centres' - duh, I know that. I’m aware. I clearly meant to say ‘concentration clubs,’ OK? Let it drop.

"It would be really great if the nitpickers could try to see the big picture and didn’t solely focus on every little slur and lie I say," 'Spicer' added. "That’d be nice!"

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'Spicer' went on to make a jab at United Airlines, which also dominated headlines last week when a video of a passenger being dragged forcefully off a plane went viral.

Referencing Jews being sent to concentration camps on trains, 'Spicer' said: "And P.S., I’d like you also to know I am sensitive to the fact that they were sent there on trains.

"But hey, at least they didn’t have to fly United, am I right?"

'Spicer' shook his head in regret after that line, saying "Goddamn. That one just jumped right out of my mouth."

In closing, 'Spicer' said: "Eat as much candy as you want because this is probably our last Easter on Earth." 

McCarthy could be reprising her Sean Spicer impersonation next month as she is set to host Saturday Night Live on May 13.