WASHINGTON – “Dancing With the Stars” host Tom Bergeron issued a statement on Wednesday, detailing his disagreement with the show’s executive producer over the casting of former White House Communications Director Sean Spicer.
Bergeron said he had hoped the show would avoid “divisive bookings from any political affiliations.” Although he disagreed with the casting decision, Bergeron said he would continue to host the show as he had before.
Spicer would not be the first politician to appear on the show. Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas and the current United States secretary of energy, competed on the show in 2016.
“We can agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call,” Bergeron said in a statement. “I’ll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions.”
Fellow “Dancing With the Stars” co-host Erin Andrews has not commented on the decision to cast Spicer. Bergeron’s full statement is included below.
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— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) August 21, 2019