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Sean Spicer responds to backlash over him being cast on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

2019-08-22

Sean Spicer's casting on "Dancing with the Stars" has been met with controversy. (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Planet Hollywoo)

Sean Spicer isn’t dancing around the controversy.

The former White House press secretary under President Trump defended himself to CNN amid backlash surrounding his casting on the new season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

"I think this is an entertainment show,” Spicer told the news outlet. “I look forward to having some fun. And if people are looking for news, I suggest they tune into a news program."

Spicer, 47, was revealed as a participant on Season 28 of the ABC competition series during an announcement Wednesday on “Good Morning America.”

His addition to the cast was met with criticism on social media, including from “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron, who said in a lengthy Twitter statement that he recently made suggestions to the show’s executive producer ahead of the new season.

“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,” he said. “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.’”

Spicer’s tenure as Trump’s press secretary was marked with controversial moments, including him claiming Trump’s inauguration audience was the biggest ever, despite photos indicating otherwise.

“DWTS” executive producer Andrew Llinares released his own statement Wednesday: “We’ve got a great and diverse cast. We are excited about the season.”