Tom Bergeron Not Thrilled About New 'Dancing With The Stars' Cast

Tom Bergeron doesn't seem thrilled with the latest cast of Dancing With The Stars.

The show's host tweeted a statement Wednesday after the new cast of contestants, which includes former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, was announced.

Bergeron wrote that during a lunch with an executive producer for Dancing With the Stars, he had provided some suggestions for Season 28.

"Chief among them was my hope that DWTS, in its return from 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," wrote Bergeron. "I left that lunch convinced we were in agreement."

Bergeron didn't mention Spicer directly, but he detailed in his post that the show's producers decided to "go in a different direction."

"We can all agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it's their call," he said. "I'll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions."

During the cast announcement on Good Morning America on Wednesday, Bergeron cracked a joke about Spicer, who was sitting in the audience.

"The nice thing is, Sean will be in charge of assessing audience size," Bergeron said. The comment poked fun at the controversy over the crowd size at the 2017 inauguration of President Donald Trump, when Spicer infamously disputed media reports of the crowd size, the day after the event.

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Spicer reportedly said at the time, though side-by-side photos seemed to show a larger gathering for former President Barack Obama's swearing in.

In his statement on Wednesday, which was released after his appearance on GMA, Bergeron seemingly appealed to viewers who may have been upset with the showrunners' decision to cast Spicer.

"I always gaze into the camera's lens and imagine you on the other side, looking for a two hour escape from whatever life hassles you've been wrestling with. That's a connection, and a responsibility, which I take very seriously," wrote Bergeron. "Hopefully ... on September 16, you'll be on the other side looking back, able to enjoy the charismatic pro dancers, the unpredictable judges and the kitschy charm that has defined DWTS."

Spicer's fellow cast members will include supermodel Christie Brinkley, actor James Van Der Beek and NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.

Following the announcement on GMA, Spicer tweeted: "It's time to have some fun. Excited to join a great cast and show."

Tom Bergeron attends the 3rd Annual Carney Awards at The Broad Stage on October 29, 2017 in Santa Monica, California.
Tom Bergeron attends the 3rd Annual Carney Awards at The Broad Stage on October 29, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic
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