US Dancing with the Stars host wants politics kept out of show

Tom Bergeron criticises DWTS casting Sean Spicer because viewers look to "a two hour escape from whatever life hassles you've been wrestling with."

Should politics be allowed to encroach upon TV entertainment shows when viewers are looking for escapism?

That’s the question raised by US Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron who has publicly disagreed with producers after they cast former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on the upcoming season.

“For me as a host, 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,” he tweeted.

Australia’s Dancing with the Stars featured Pauline Hanson, while ex politicians have featured on various other reality shows including I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, First Contact and Go Back to Where You Came From.

Bergeron’s tweet has generated nearly 3000 replies so far and over 6000 “likes.”

7 Responses

  1. The US is a very different place.

    There’s been no ‘shortage’ of (ex)-politicians on Strictly Come Dancing – Ed Balls, Edwina Currie and Anne Widdecombe. It might be that politicians are more palatable than spin doctors.

  2. Got to say that Spicer isn’t even the most “divisive” contestant on the show….. try Ray Lewis.

    From a UStoday article today “Ray Lewis, an NFL Hall of Famer who will no doubt use his airtime to spout religious platitudes and recreate his patented “Squirrel” dance. Just don’t expect him to give a full accounting of his role in the stabbing deaths of two men outside a nightclub in 2000. Lewis was initially charged with murder, but the charges were dropped and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice.”

  3. I think it’s a good way to see politicians in a different light than what is seen in Parliament Question Time or the news when they are on non-politically themed shows, such as Kitchen Cabinet, for example.

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