Allison Janney The West Wing Video

Allison Janney Briefs White House Reporters as The West Wing's C.J. Cregg

When White House spokesman Josh Earnest was a few minutes late for Friday’s briefing with reporters, an experienced ringer stepped up to the podium to temporarily take his place.

“Hi everyone, good afternoon,” Allison Janney said, addressing the press corps as her West Wing character, C.J. Cregg, while the journalists in the room chuckled. She explained that Earnest was out undergoing a root canal, “but let’s be honest, I’m better at this than he is, anyway.”

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After some brief announcements — including that she later would perform “The Jackal” in her office (a nod to a Season 1 episode of the NBC drama) — Earnest arrived, feigning surprise that he’d been usurped.

“You’re standing at the podium, so you might as well use it,” he said, prompting Janney — who currently plays a recovering addict on CBS’ Mom —to “draw attention to the opioid epidemic and to celebrate all of those working to combat substance-abuse disorder.”

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She went on to laud the White House’s Champions for Change program honorees, who have worked in substance-abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.

Mom producer Chuck Lorre also was in the back of the room, and you can see him when one of the journos asks Janney, “Who is President Bartlet supporting in the Democratic primary?”

Press PLAY on the video below to hear her answer. 


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  1. Oopsie: “You’re standing at the podium, so you might as well us it,” (Pretty sure you meant “use”). :-)

  2. GuessWhat says:

    love her!

  3. Me again. May I just say how much I still miss “The West Wing”. Man that was a smartly written, acted and produced show.
    (Now I’m going to have to watch “The Jackal” scene)

  4. MMD says:

    I miss that show so much still after all these years. If only Bartlett could be President in real life but unfortunately real life can’t be written like a tv show.

  5. hornacek says:

    “Quite stalling Janney! Tell us about President Obama’s secret plan to fight inflation!”

  6. Lisa says:

    Great show and even better character

  7. TV Gord says:

    Do yourself a favour and seek out The Jackal on YouTube. It’s a great way to spend a Friday afternoon! :-)

  8. Robin says:

    LOVE it!

  9. Jenks says:

    Bartlett for President!

  10. Steven says:

    I love the last question!

  11. Luis says:

    My heart started beating faster the minute I saw her walk out . . . I still miss the West Wing more than words can say

  12. Miffy says:

    The Obama White House is way too cozy with Hollywood.

  13. MIKE ET says:

    Another celebrity pushing one side of a political issue that affects more than just those she is speaking about. This new War on Drugs both Obama and the CDC and others have escalated affects more than the drug abusers they are trying to help. It is short sided and has a negative effect on those who properly use the prescription opoids used by lots of Americans to have some quality of life due to various conditions and circumstances that most people have never experienced or understand. It is fine to help those who abuse these legal drugs and those who use drugs like street heroin. Please stop treating these two highly distinct catagories of people as one, DRUG ABUSERS. Yes some people do need treatment but there is a BIG difference between taking legal prescription opiods under the supervision of licensed pain specialists and those who doctor shop, as well as those who abuse heroin. Always more to the story. Please do not ignore all sides as it seems the Obama administration and the CDC have done. Thank you for allowing my comments .