Sean Spicer joins ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ host Tom Bergeron blasts decision
“Dancing with the Stars” just got spicier.
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will be among the participants on the upcoming 28th season of the celebrity dance-off — to the very public dismay of host Tom Bergeron.
Spicer, 47, resigned from his job at the White House in July 2017 after working there during the first six months of the Trump administration. His tenure was marked with a number of controversial moments, and Melissa McCarthy memorably parodied him on “Saturday Night Live" several times.
“It’s time to have some fun. Excited to join a great cast and show,” Spicer tweeted Wednesday.
But Bergeron took to Twitter shortly after the new field was unveiled saying he made some suggestions to the show’s executive producer, Andrew Llinares, recently.
“Chief among them was my hope that DWTS, in its return from an unprecedented year-long hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from any party affiliation,” Bergeron said in a in a five-paragraph statement posted on Twitter.
“I left that lunch convinced we were in agreement. Subsequently (and rather obviously), a decision was made to, as we often say in Hollywood, ‘go in a different direction.’”
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In a statement released Wednesday night, Llinares said, “We’ve got a great and diverse cast. We are excited about the season.”
Spicer’s Trump tenure was ripped as dancing around the truth. It started on day one, when he claimed Trump had the largest inauguration crowd ever — even though photographic evidence showed it as much smaller than Barack Obama’s in 2009.
Spicer also put his foot in his mouth when he claimed Hitler never used chemical weapons. When he tried to clarify his clueless comments, he put his other foot in his mouth by saying Hitler didn’t use gas on his own people, but did in “the Holocaust center.”
Among those joining Spicer in the latest “DWTS” lineup will be former NBA forward Lamar Odom, supermodel Christie Brinkley, Hannah Brown of “The Bachelorette, “Queer Eye” star Kamaro Brown and former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
Lewis presents another potentially controversial addition to the show. The two-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of famer pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with the deaths of two men who had gotten into a fight with Lewis’ crew in Atlanta in 2000. Though he wasn’t implicated in the actual killings, he had briefly faced murder charges before negotiating his plea.
Ex-Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke, “The Office” actress Kate Flannery, actor James Van Der Beek, singer Mary Wilson of The Supremes, country artist Lauren Alaina and comic Ken Mitchell round out the field.