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Sean Spicer dismisses ‘Dancing With the Stars’ backlash

Sean Spicer attempted a somewhat diplomatic approach when addressing the backlash surrounding his recent casting on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” saying that he hoped the show would give people “another opportunity to see a side of me that is different.”

Donald Trump’s former White House press secretary was the source of both internal criticism at ABC News and external eyebrow-raising across America on Wednesday when the dozen new “DWTS” contestants were announced on ABC‘s
“Good Morning America.”


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“I think this is an entertainment show. I look forward to having some fun. And if people are looking for news, I suggest they tune into a news program,” Spicer told CNN Business on Wednesday. The outlet reported that enlisting Spicer, whose checkered track record included
inflating Trump’s 2017 inauguration turnout and claiming that Adolf Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons, felt like “a slap in the face” to some ABC News journalists.

“Dancing” host Tom Bergeron was among those who voiced their disapproval of Spicer’s casting, saying Wednesday that he had hoped the show would avoid “divisive bookings from any party affiliations.” But it didn’t.

“It is the prerogative of the producers, in partnership with the network, to make whatever decisions they feel are in the best long-term interests of the franchise,” the Emmy winner said in a statement released on Twitter. “We can agree to disagree, as we do

Article source: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2019-08-22/sean-spicer-dancing-with-the-stars-backlash

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