Tom Bergeron is now not holding again.
The previous Dancing with the Stars host, who left the competition back in 2020, was a visitor this week on Cheryl Burke’s podcast, Intercourse, Lies and Spray Tans.
For actually the primary time throughout this dialogue, Bergeron delved into what transpired behind the scenes between himself and ABC producers, particularly how he requested 4 years in the past for the present NOT to forged anybody from the world of politics.
Not with the nation heading right into a contentious election season.
Bergeron says now that he and executives got here to an settlement on this subject… just for him to then get a “cellphone name from the showrunner and one other producer,” each of whom ran down the listing of the celebrities and public figures set to compete on this system.
“And this former showrunner says to me, ‘You may need to sit down for this final one.’ I mentioned ‘Why?’ After which they advised me who it was,” Bergeron advised Burke.
It was ex-White Home Press Secretary Sean Spicer, a person with a status for mendacity to Americans on quite a few events whereas filling this position.
Bergeron recalled that “I mentioned, ‘Guys, that is precisely what we mentioned we wouldn’t do. Don’t go there. That is, you recognize, not the precise time, play to our strengths, be the present that provides individuals a break from all this bullsh-t.”
Alas, Spicer was forged that season.
Hoping to compromise, Bergeron mentioned on the podcast that he volunteered to “take the season off,” which prompted the showrunner and the producer provided to “allow you to out of your contract if you’d like.”
And, with that, each Bergeron and co-host Erin Andrews have been let go from Dancing with the Stars.
“That’s how strongly they felt,” Bergeron mentioned, including that it “actually pissed me off.”
In October 2021, Bergeron was additionally a visitor on the late Bob Saget’s podcast, opening up at the moment as nicely about his departure from the collection that made him well-known.
“In all candor, the present that I left was not the present that I liked,” Bergeron said plainly throughout this revealing interview, including again then:
“I took all the pieces out of my dressing room that I actually needed … It was sort of apparent that we have been sort of butting heads.”
In August 2019, whereas was nonetheless internet hosting Dancing with the Stars, Bergeron admitted that he wasn’t pleased with the casting of Spicer.
“My hope [was] that DWTS, in its return following an unprecedented year-long hiatus, can be a joyful respite from our exhausting political local weather and freed from inevitably divisive bookings from ANY occasion affiliations,” Bergeron mentioned on the time, citing producers once more and stating:
“We are able to comply with disagree, as we do now, however in the end it’s their name. I’ll depart it to them to reply any additional questions on these choices.”
Bergeron advised Burke that he tried to stay impartial after this disagreement (like “Switzerland”), however the determined to subject an announcement to “let individuals know that they f—ing lied to me.”
“So I wrote the assertion that I wrote, that didn’t title anyone, that didn’t title a political occasion.
“It merely mentioned, ‘I used to be advised sure issues once I was requested my opinion, they agreed, and now they’ve thrown a curveball.’ I even went as far as to say it’s their proper to try this.
“They’re the producers of the present, if that’s what they need to do they’re entitled to try this. We must comply with disagree.”
When Spicer was introduced on Good Morning America, Bergeron obtained quite a few messages, whereas the general public was outraged by the choice.
“So at that second, I knew that is in all probability my final season, due to that one betrayal,” he says now. “Up till that time, there have been individuals of character there.”