“Dancing With the Stars” is the latest reality show to get political in the Trump-era, adding former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to the roster for the upcoming season.
Not everybody was pleased about the decision to give Spicer a spot on the stage. “Dancing With the Stars” host Tom Bergeron posted a lengthy, but indirect, rebuke of the move on Wednesday.
Bergeron wrote that he was hoping the show would be a “joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from any party affiliations.” He thought that he and the rest of the team were on the same page.
“We can all agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call,” Bergeron wrote of the show’s producers. “I’ll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions.”
Watch the video below, via ABC:
The host noted that he envisions the show as a sort of oasis from the day-to-day grind, writing “for me, as host, I always gaze into the camera’s lens and imagine you on the other side, looking for a two-hour escape from whatever life hassles you’ve been wrestling with. That’s a connection and a responsibility which I take very seriously, even if I occasionally season it with dad jokes.”
Read the full statement below:
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— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) August 21, 2019
This isn’t the first time that a former Trump confidante has entered the world of reality television. Omarosa Manigault and Anthony Scaramucci both appeared on the reality show “Big Brother.”
Spicer’s last appearance on a big stage in the pop culture sphere was at the Emmy’s in 2017. That cameo was widely criticized by voices who considered Spicer to be making a joke out of his very serious role of defending a president who frequently spouts lies.
But, whether the host likes it nor not, Spicer will be among the faces on September 16 when the nation will be able to see if he can dance.