Sean Spicer reacts to backlash against ‘Dancing With the Stars’ casting

Sean Spicer reacts to backlash against ‘Dancing With the Stars’ casting


BRIAN: MORNING SHOW ON ANOTHER CHANNEL? I HAD NO IDEA. STEVE: WE ARE BUSY AT THE TIME. HEY, LOOK, SEAN SPICER, FORMER WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY AND SENIOR ADVISOR AND SPOKESMAN FOR AMERICAN FIRST ACTION PAC JOINS US LIVE. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE GOING TO BE ON THE NEW SEASON OF “DANCING WITH THE STARS.”>>I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU ARE SAYING THAT. AINSLEY: ARE YOU NERVOUS.>>OH GOD, YEAH. AINSLEY: IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY HARD IT?>>IS GOING TO BE REALLY HARD BUT IT’S GOING TO BE FUN. STEVE: ARE YOU GOOD DANCER?>>NO, A HORRIBLE DANCER. I GOT APPROACHED WHEN I LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE IT DIDN’T WORK OUT FOR A LOT OF REASONS BOTH PLY POLITICAL BUSINESSES AND CONSULTING FIRM ARE TAKEN OFF. BRIAN: AND WROTE A BOOK.>>THANK YOU. I FINALLY HAVE TIME IN MY LIFE. I THOUGHT YOU KNOW WHAT? IT’S GOING TO BE FUN. IT’S THE KIND OF ENTERTAINMENT THAT I CAN ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE MY KIDS AND FAMILY TO WATCH. AND IT’S WHAT WE NEED MORE OF, WHICH IS GOOD WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT AND I GET WAY OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE AND DO SOMETHING THAT’S TOTALLY NEW TO ME. BRIAN: DOES REINCE PRIEBUS HAVE TO SIGN OFF ON IT?>>I DON’T THINK HE WOULD HAVE, NO. STEVE: YOU ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO DANCE A LITTLE WITH AINSLEY AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS SEGMENT IN ALL GOES WELL.>>OKAY. AINSLEY: LORD HELP US. GOSH. YOU HAVE TO SHOW ME SOME MOVES.>>THIS IS MY FIRST LESSON. STEVE: LISTEN, SO AFTER YOU WERE NAMED AS ONE OF THE NEW DANCERS, THE LONG-TIME HOST TOM BERGERON CAME OUT ON TWITTER AND HE PUT OUT A STATEMENT. AND IT READS THIS AND WE WOULD LIKE YOUR REACTION. HE SAYS A FEW MONTHS AGO DURING A LUNCH WITH “DANCING WITH THE STARS” NEW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER I OFFERED SUGGESTIONS FOR THIS NEW SEASON. CHIEF AMONG THEM WAS MY HOPE THAT THE SHOW WOULD BE A JOYFUL RESPITE FROM OUR EXHAUSTING POLITICAL CLIMATE AND FREE OF INEVITABLY DIVISIVE BOOKINGS FROM ANY PARTY AFFILIATIONS. I LEFT THAT LUNCH CONVINCED WE WERE IN AGREEMENT. SUBSEQUENTLY AND RATHER OBVIOUSLY, A DECISION WAS MADE, TO AS WE OFTEN SAY IN HOLLYWOOD, GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. IT LOOKS LIKE HE IS NOT HAPPY THAT YOU ARE THERE.>>WELL, IT COULD HAVE BEEN CHRISTIE BRINKLEY. [LAUGHTER] I’M KIDDING. YEAH, LOOK, HE IS ENTITLED TO HIS OPINION. TOM HAS BEEN, YOU KNOW, THIS IS 28 SEASONS. I ALWAYS THOUGHT HE DID A GREAT JOB AS HOST. AND I SHARE HIS SENTIMENT. THIS SHOULD BE TWO HOURS OF POLITICS-FREE. MORE THAN THAT, AND I HOPE WHAT THIS SHOW IS AT THE END OF THE SEASON IS AN EXAMPLE OF PEOPLE OF A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT BACKGROUND GETTING TOGETHER, LEAVING POLITICS ASIDE AND HAVING A GOOD TIME IN A CIVIL AND RESPECTFUL WAY. AND SO MY HOPE AND GOAL IS THAT AT THE END OF THE SEASON, TOM LOOKS BACK AND SAYS YOU KNOW WHAT? WE NEED MORE OF THIS, NOT LESS OF IT. WE NEED MORE BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER OF DIFFERENT BACKGROUND AND SAYING HEY, COME TOGETHER, SHOW HOW MUCH YOU ACTUALLY CAN ENJOY EACH OTHER’S COMPANY, HAVE A CONVERSATION, BE TOGETHER, DANCE AROUND, ENJOY EACH OTHER BECAUSE I THINK TOO MUCH OF WHAT WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT NOW IS EVERY CONVERSATION HAS TO TURN INTO POLITICS. AINSLEY: YES.>>AND AS MUCH AS I HAVE ENJOYED THAT MOST OF MY LIFE, THINK THERE IS TIMES WHEN WE WANT TO AS A FAMILY, AS AN ORGANIZATION, AS FRIENDS, SIT DOWN AND HAVE AN ENJOYABLE POLITICS-FREE CONVERSATION. AINSLEY: HE GOT POLITICAL. 50% OF THE COUNTRY IS GOING TO BE WATCHING AND THEY ARE CONSERVATIVE AND THEY SUPPORT THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION.>>I NEED THEIR VOTE. [LAUGHTER] AINSLEY: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO SAY TO HIM YOU SEE HIM THE FIRST TIME?>>I’M FOCUSED ON WORKING HARD AND LEARNING HOW TO DANCE AND THEN DOING THE BEST JOB THAT I CAN. SO THAT’S WHERE I’M GOING TO FOCUS MY TIME AND EFFORT ON. BRIAN: IT’S UP TO HIM, TOO. MY GOODNESS. HE DOESN’T HAVE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT POLITICS. HE CAN TALK TO YOU ABOUT WHAT YOU DO IN SPARE TIME. TALK ABOUT TRAINING FOR THE ACTUAL EVENT? IS SOMEBODY ON ABC GOING TO DO A FEATURE ON YOU AND THE HISTORY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND SPICER UNCOVERED?>>IF IT’S NICE, I WOULDN’T BE OPPOSED TO THAT. LOOK, I HAD A CHANCE TO GET TOGETHER WITH THE CAST AND THE CREW AND THE DANCERS, AND THEY ARE JUST SOME AMAZING PEOPLE WITH VARIOUS AND DIFFERENT BACKGROUND. STEVE: SO SOME OF THEM HAVE REACHED OUT TO YOU?>>WE HAVE OBVIOUSLY SPENT A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER OVER THE LAST 48 HOURS. IT’S BEEN SO HEART-WARMING TO HAVE PEOPLE SAY HEY, I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND I READ ABOUT THIS OR HEARD ABOUT THIS. I’M SAYING THE SAME THING ABOUT THEM. TELL ME ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE. SO, I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A REALLY GREAT CAST AND, AS I SAID, I THINK THAT WITH THE DIVERSITY THAT’S IN THAT CAST, WE ACTUALLY COULD BE A GREAT EXAMPLE OF YOU WHO YOU CAN DO THINGS GOING FORWARD. STEVE: THEY ARE NOW IN THE 28TH SEASON, TOM DELAY, PROMINENT REPUBLICAN WAS FEATURED ONE TIME. HAD YOU RICK PERRY AS WELL.>>YEP.>>SO IF THEY LOOK AT POLITICS, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME VERY PROMINENT REPUBLICANS.>>AND A LOT OF FOLKS HAVE DONE VERY WELL. SO, AGAIN, I THINK I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING AWAY FROM POLITICS FOR A WHILE. A COUPLE HOURS EVERY WEEK AND HOPEFULLY ENTERTAINING A LOT OF FOLKS AND NOT EMBARRASSING MY FAMILY AND MY DAUGHTER.>>WHO IS YOUR PARTNER GOING TO BE?>>I DON’T KNOW YET. IF AINSLEY WORKS OUT, MAYBE WE CAN MAKE A DEAL.>>THEY DON’T TELL YOU. THIS YEAR IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN YEARS’ PAST. EARLY NEXT WEEK YOU GO TO WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO REHEARSE AND THEY SHOW UP AND IT’S A SURPRISE TO EACH ONE OF THE CAST MEMBERS. STEVE: BOOT CAMP?>>YEAH. BRIAN: THIS GUY CARAMEL BROWN ON QUEER EYE? HE CAME OUT AND SUPPORT. I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THE CAST. I WILL TELL YOU THIS I’M EXCITED TO SIT DOWN WITH HIM MEANING YOU AND ENGAGE IN A RESPECTFUL CONVERSATION. THE ONLY WAY THINGS GET BETTER IS IF WE TRY TO EDUCATE THOSE WHO HAVE DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW THAN US. AND BECAUSE HE SAID SOMETHING POSITIVE, HE GOT BLOW BACK.>>YEAH. AND WE ACTUALLY HAD A GREAT CONVERSATION WELL BEFORE THE STATEMENT CAME OUT THE FIRST TWO NIGHTS. HE IS A REALLY INTERESTING GUY. A THERAPIST BY TRAINING. GOES OUT AND TRIES TO HELP PEOPLE. WE CLEARLY DON’T AGREE POLITICALLY. BUT I THINK IS HE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. SITTING DOWN AND HAVING A CONVERSATION WHERE YOU CAN TALK ABOUT, A, OTHER THINGS THAN POLITICS IS GREAT, BUT, B, EVEN WHEN YOU DO, DO SO IN A WAY THAT WE ARE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE OTHER SIDE. I MEAN TO AINSLEY’S POINT. 50% OF THIS COUNTRY FOR THE MOST PART ARE ON ONE SIDE AND ROUGHLY 1% AND ROUGH 5 1% AND ROUGH 50%% AND ROUGH 50% ARE ON THE OTHER. WHAT WE NEED TO DO MORE OF LISTENER TO WHAT MAKES THESE PEOPLE — YOU ARE NOT BAD BECAUSE YOU ARE ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER. YOU HAVE CERTAIN VALUES OR RACHESSED A CERTAIN WAY. I THINK WHAT WE NEED MORE OF IS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT. TELL ME WHY YOU THINK THE WAY YOU DO OR HOW ARE AND WHY YOU BELIEVE IT. WE LEARN AND GROW AS PEOPLE WHEN WE DO THAT. AINSLEY: ALL RIGHT. ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY TO SHOW WHAT YOU HAVE GOT? COME ON.>>I KNOW BRIAN IS JEALOUS. [LAUGHTER] ♪ LET’S GET LOUD. AINSLEY: OKAY. SHOW ME HOW TO DANCE.>>THIS IS ALL I HAVE GOT RIGHT NOW GOOD OLD BOX STEP. AINSLEY: IS IT THE FOX?>>OH, NO, BOX, STEP. AINSLEY: THIS IS THE SIXTH GRADE DANCE, REMEMBER?>>IF THAT’S THE DANCE I’M GOING TO WIN THAT ONE OH WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? YOU ARE A GOOD LITTLE SPINNER. NOW HERE WE GO. CAN YOU DIP ME? [CHEERS] AINSLEY: THERE YOU GO.

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