Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron is not happy with the show's decision to cast former White House press secretary Sean Spicer for season 28. The host wrote a lengthy post about the decision on social media and fans of the hit show are threatening a boycott over Spicer hopping on board the series. Spicer resigned from President Trump back in 2017 and was replaced with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is also on her way out now too. Spicer is now looking forward to showing off his dancing skills to America.
Sean Spicer's political career began long before the former White House press secretary made his mark as one of the most recognized staffers in the Trump administration. Spicer built a decades-long career in Republican politics and was around for quite a bit. However, it was his time with the Trump administration for which he will be remembered for best and that isn't such a good thing in the eyes of a lot of people. Spicer notoriously argued and fought with members of the press and made repeated false claims to the American public.
Obviously, fans of Donald Trump and his presidency won't mind his casting on Dancing with the Stars, though many have not been happy with some of the unflattering things he has said about the president since making the decision to leave. During a luncheon before the cast was announced, host Tom Bergeron made it clear that the show should steer away from politics to allow people a place to not think about their problems or differences. When he left the lunch, he was "convinced we were in agreement," though things obviously changed. "Subsequently (and rather obviously), a decision was made to, as we often say in Hollywood, 'go in a different direction,'" says Bergeron.
Tom Bergeron was correct in his assumptions about keeping politics out of Dancing with the Stars as fans have hit social media threatening to boycott the show unless they take Sean Spicer off. As for those fans who have questions about the controversial casting, Bergeron doesn't want to talk about it. "We can all agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it's their call. I'll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions," said the popular host. Bergeron did joke during the cast announcement video by stating, "The nice thing is, Sean will be in charge of assessing audience size," referring to Donald Trump's claims that he had the biggest inauguration crowd size in history.
The Dancing with the Stars cast for season 28 includes Lauren Alaina - country music star, Christie Brinkley - supermodel, Ally Brooke - pop star, Hannah Brown - The Bachelorette, Karamo Brown - TV host, Kate Flannery - TV star, Ray Lewis - NFL Hall of Famer, Kel Mitchell - comedian/actor, Lamar Odom - two-time NBA champion, Sean Spicer - former White House press secretary, James Van Der Beek - TV icon, and Mary Wilson - The Supremes. Professional dancers this season include Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, and Emma Slater. You can watch the cast announcement below and read Tom Bergeron's Twitter thoughts about Sean Spicer's casting.
Some thoughts about today pic.twitter.com/aCQ4SHrGCI— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) August 21, 2019
It’s disgusting that Dancing With the Stars has cast Sean Spicer.— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) August 21, 2019
The man lied to our country repeatedly and debased our government — all while promoting an agenda of hate.
Don’t watch. #DWTS
#DancingOnGMA#GMA#DancingWiththeStars— Casey Pregent (@CaseyPregent1) August 21, 2019
No more #DWTS28
Sean Spicer @seanspicer should not have a job... Period! Especially on @ABC, dancing. He lied straight to the American people. Shame!!!
Shame on @Disney *
* (Parent Company)
BOYCOTT DISNEY & #DWTS
Bad choice, @DancingABC. He lied to the American people as Press Secretary. He dodged questions. How is it okay for you to choose this deceitful man to compete for the mirror ball trophy? #BoycottDWTShttps://t.co/RKaT5vEwhd— Eric Zhang (@MrEricZhang) August 21, 2019
Professional liar to the American people, Sean Spicer, is legitimized by ABC.#boycottDWTS— MaryD 🛵🎶🎙️🐾🥃 (@cktailgrl) August 21, 2019
Sean Spicer lied repeatedly to the American people and literally defended Hitler. @ABCNetwork: “Yes, but can he fox trot? Tune in to see!”— Bill Prady (@billprady) August 21, 2019