Tom Bergeron, the host of Dancing With The Stars, recently shared his concerns about the casting of Sean Spicer on the new season. It was evident upon the announcement of the cast who the most controversial figure would be, and Bergeron felt he couldn't stay silent on much of the criticism directed toward him and the show.
Spicer, the former White House Press Secretary, is best known during his six months in the role for making statements that became news stories in and of themselves. After resigning in July 2017, Spicer was invited on late night talk shows and even got a cameo at the Emmys. Every appearance he's made following his stint at the White House has been widely lambasted by many who don't align with Spicer's political beliefs. Since searching for the spotlight in the immediate weeks and months following his departure from the podium, Spicer has been relatively invisible as of late. Seemingly, however, he's not done looking for television opportunities to boost his notoriety and potentially flip public perception.
On Good Morning America, Spicer was revealed as one of the several members of a Dancing with the Stars cast that also includes Bachelorette Hannah Brown and Queer Eye's Karamo Brown. Bergeron, in a statement released on Twitter, said, in so many words, that he was against Spicer being a part of the season. He said that he hoped that the show, after returning from a year-long break, would be a "joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably decisive bookings from ANY party affiliations." Bergeron was told that the show was going to "go in a different direction."
That direction involved flaunting Spicer out on morning television with a podium, seated among other television stars, professional athletes, singers and models. Bergeron added in his tweet, "We can agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it's their call."
This isn't the first time that someone with political ties has been cast on Dancing With the Stars. But in today's political climate, the inclusion of a former White House figure who commanded a front-facing position for the first six months of Trump's presidency, it's one that producers had to anticipate would stir up controversy. Surely, they thought bringing Spicer on the show would be a risk that would ultimately pay dividends in the ratings. Trouble is, he may be so unpopular that his stay on the show will be even more brief than his involvement at the White House.
Dancing With the Stars premieres September 16 at 8pm on ABC.
Source: Tom Bergeron