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Tom Bergeron Rips Decision to Cast Sean Spicer on 'Dancing With the Stars'

By Daniel Goldblatt

Tom Bergeron is among the many people who are confused by the decision to cast controversial former White House staffer Sean Spicer on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars."

"A few months ago, during a lunch with DWTS' new Executive Producer, I offered suggestions for Season 28,' Bergeron began a note posted to his social media. "Chief among them was my hope that DWTS, in its 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 affiliation."

He added, "I left that lunch convinced we were in agreement."

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Bergeron, clearly referring to Spicer's casting, then went on to say, "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,” Bergeron wrote. “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."

The new cast was announced on Wednesday during "Good Morning America."

he list includes The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Karamo Brown, "The Bachelorette‘s" Hannah Brown, supermodel Christie Brinkley, country star Lauren Alaina, James Van Der Beek, NFL legend Ray Lewis, "The Office" star Kate Flannery, pop star Ally Brooke, Lamar Odom, Kel Mitchell and the aforementioned Spicer.

The new season of "Dancing With the Stars" premieres on September 16.

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