Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will no longer be spicing it up on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” following his elimination at the judges’ hands on Monday.
“Spicer, along with dance partner Jenna Johnson, was voted in the bottom two alongside country music star Lauren Alaina and her partner, Gleb Savchenko,” reported The Washinton Post. “Thanks to new rules this season, the judges — Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman — choose which couple survives for another week. Goodman only weighs in if there is a tie, but there was no need for that on Monday.”
Judge Ann Inaba commended both couples for giving it their best, but ultimately voted in favor of Lauren and Gleb.
“It’s never easy to send anyone home, because I know that both couples have given your heart and soul to every moment of this competition,” said Inaba. “But for me, there is one couple that stands out. The couple I want to save is Lauren and Gleb.”
Dancing to Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills,” Spicer and his partner Jenna Johnson earned just 26 out of 40 possible points.
Speaking with People shortly after his elimination, Spicer admitted to being somewhat relieved by the result.
“The judges made the right decision on a night where you had two dances,” he said. “The scores were going to be very difficult to overcome.”
During his time on the show, Spicer arguably lasted for as long as he did due to support from middle-America Trump supporters — not to mention President Trump himself, who tweeted in favor of his former press secretary several times throughout the show.
“Vote for good guy [Sean Spicer] tonight on Dancing With The Stars. He has always been there for us!” is just one tweet exemplifying Trump’s Spicer fandom.
Spicer told People he appreciated the outpouring of support he received.
“I appreciate his support and his continued friendship. It means a tremendous amount to me to know that he’s taking time to put his support out there. I thank him for that,” Spicer said.
“There’s been a tremendous amount of support that’s kept me out of the bottom two the last nine weeks and I’ve truly been humbled by how many people have taken time out of their Monday nights to keep me going,” he continued. “I will look back on this as an amazing experience.”
When news broke that Spicer would be appearing on the hit ABC show, celebrities from Billy Eichner to Zach Braff to Kal Penn largely responded with outrage while demanding that the former press secretary be excluded from the upcoming season. The backlash became so intense that “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron issued a statement in which he offered a veiled criticism of ABC for booking Spicer, asserting that he offered the suggestions to the network so that this season “would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate.”
Nevertheless, Sean Spicer went on to dance with the stars and remained on for several weeks despite his consistently low scores from the judges. As time went on, his critics became so incensed that Gia Kourlas, dance critic for The New York Times, argued in a lengthy op-ed that Spicer’s dance routines reflect the emptiness of his soul.
“Spicer’s staying power has little to do with his performances. Over the past eight weeks, he has been the weakest dancer on the show. His low scores from the judges have borne that out,” wrote Kourlas. “He hides behind an egregious smile, parting his teeth to make it look as though he’s been caught mid-laugh. That smile seems meant to distract from his plan of attack: never actually performing a dance, but conquering it.”