'Dancing with the Stars' Fans Are Angry Sean Spicer Was Cast for Season 2808/21/2019
Sean Spicer worked as the White House Press Secretary in 2017 before stepping down. He was heavily criticized during that time for making false statements including the number of people who attended President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
He is competing on season 28 of Dancing with the Stars. The announcement is getting a strong reaction from fans.
Sean Spicer was cast for Dancing with the Stars
The season 28 cast has been announced. The celebrities come from different industries from sports to acting.
Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek, supermodel Christie Brinkley, country singer Lauren Alaina, former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke, retired NFL star Ray Lewis, The Office actress Kate Flannery, comedian Kel Mitchell, The Supremes singer Mary Wilson, Hannah Brown of The Bachelorette, Karamo Brown of Queer Eye, NBA player Lamar Odom, and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer are all competing.
Spicer is getting a strong reaction due to his time in the White House. Host Tom Bergeron had one as well and released a statement.
Tom Bergeron tweeted that he was against divisive political casting
Dancing with the Stars has cast disgraced politicians and political commentators before. Bergeron seems to be one of many that feel that this casting is different. He tweeted a statement about it saying he had a lunch where he voiced his opinions about casting.
“Chief among them was my hope that DWTS, in its return following an unprecedented year-hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably decisive booking from ANY political affiliations,” read the statement.
“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,’” it continues.
The host added what he hopes this new season will be for fans. “Hopefully, when [co-host] Erin Andrews and I look into those lenses again on September 16, you’ll be on the other side looking back, able to enjoy the charismatic pro dancers, the unpredictable judges and the kitschy charm that has defined DWTS since 2005,” ended the statement.
Fans are tweeting speaking out against the casting
Many fans are voicing their disappointment on social media with the casting. Some are calling for a boycott using #BoycottDWTS.
Although Bergeron spoke out against Spicer’s casting he did make a joke about him on Good Morning America. “The nice thing is Sean will be in charge of assessing audience size,” he said. Spicer then said he’ll “work really, really, really hard every day.”
Time will tell how long Spicer will last in the competition and if a boycott will affect the ratings of the show. The casting announcement also included the professional dancers.
Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Alan Bersten, Brandon Armstrong, Gleb Savchenko, Keo Motsepe, Witney Carson, Peta Murgatroyd, Lindsay Arnold, Jenna Johnson, Emma Slater, Cheryl Burke returned this season. Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov have joined the cast.
The new season premieres on Monday, Sept. 16 8/7 CDT on ABC.
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