Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron is responding the widespread horror with which the casting of the iconic ABC series was met. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Karamo Brown, The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown, supermodel Christie Brinkley, country star Lauren Alaina, actor James Van Der Beek, NFL legend Ray Lewis, The Office star Kate Flannery, pop star Ally Brooke, Lamar Odom and Kel Mitchell make up the cast.
Twitter erupted in outrage, primarily at Spicer's casting, as he is considered by some to be highly divisive.
Bergen took to Twitter to explain his side.
“A few months ago, during a lunch with DWTS’ new Executive Producer, I offered suggestions for Season 28. Chief among them was my hope that DWTS . . . would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations,” Bergeron tweeted in a message, without specifying names.
“I left that lunch convinced we were in agreement,” the 64-year-old host continued. “Subsequently (and rather obviously), a decision was made to, as we often say in Hollywood, ‘go in a different direction.'”
“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. We can agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call. I’ll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions,” Bergeron shared.