With season 28’s official cast announced, “Dancing With The Stars” host Tom Bergeron isn’t happy with one of the stars.
After former White House communications director Sean Spicer was announced as one of the 12 contestants, Bergeron took to Twitter to slam ABC. While he doesn’t name Spicer directly, he seemingly doesn’t like network’s “party affiliations” in this “exhausting political climate.”
“In [DWTS’s] return following an unprecedented year-long hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations,” Bergeron wrote in the lengthy post. “I left that lunch convinced we were in agreement.”
Bergeron took aim at Spicer while announcing the cast on Wednesday morning’s “Good Morning America”: “The nice thing is, Sean will be in charge of assessing audience size.”
Bergeron was referencing Spicer’s insistence that Trump’s inauguration crowd was the largest ever, despite proof to the contrary.
Spicer subsequently responded to Bergeron’s comments.
“Tom’s been a great host to this show for 28 seasons. This show is a great opportunity to be an example, how we can have better dialogue and respectfully learn from each other,” Sean told The Blast.
“I would hope by the end of the show Tom looks at this as more of an opportunity to help reach the divide that exists right now,” he added.
When asked why he believed Bergeron said what he did, Spicer replied: “I think you got to ask Tom. Right now… you have to look for ways to come together… give people an opportunity to watch some good TV and watch people interact with a diverse background.”
Andrew Llinares, Executive Producer at “DWTS”, then told ET Canada: “We’ve got a great and diverse cast. We are excited about the season.”
Apparently there’s someone in the Oval Office who’s also excited about the upcoming season, with President Donald Trump weighing in on Spicer’s casting with a tweet that will only further fuel the controversy.
Joining Spicer is “Queer Eye”‘s Karamo Brown, country star Lauren Alaina, “Dawson’s Creek”‘s James Van Der Beek, NFL legend Ray Lewis, “The Office”‘s Kate Flannery, “The Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown, pop star Ally Brooke, NBA alum Lamar Odom, actor Kel Mitchell, The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, and model Christie Brinkley.
“Dancing With The Stars” premieres September 16.
ET Canada reached out to ABC who has no comment at this time.