Sean Spicer Beclowns Himself Even More Than When He Was In The White House

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has hit the bottom of the barrel.

Call it a palette cleanser. Call it schadenfreude. Or maybe it’s just the Nelson Muntz in me. Whatever the motivation, I simply can’t let former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s premiere on Dancing With The Stars pass without comment:

Despite its best efforts, America could not shame Sean Spicer out of joining Dancing With the Stars. So there was the former White House press secretary on the ABC reality show’s 28th season premiere on Monday night, wearing a frilly yellow shirt that evoked Big Bird and a pair of tight-fitting white pants. 

It didn’t get any better after that.

Spicer’s big segment didn’t come until the end of the premiere’s second hour. 

“I was Donald Trump’s first White House press secretary,” he said by way of introduction. “There’s no question my time in the White House was tumultuous.” After a montage of some of the least damning moments from his tenure, Spicer embarrassed himself further by gushing over the tweet Trump put out congratulating him on the reality gig. “It’s nice to have the leader of the free world on your side when it comes to getting votes,” he added. 

Spicer was paired up with season 25 champion dancer Lindsay Arnold, who described her partner as dancing at a “pre-pre-school level,” adding, “He definitely isn’t natural at it.” 

“This wasn’t part of the plan,” Spicer told The New Yorker this week.

“Frankly, I’m just making money, trying to enjoy life.” He will reportedly earn a minimum of $125,000 to appear on the show. Even host Tom Bergeron has expressed his displeasure with the casting. 

When it came time to dance, Spicer banged some bongos and attempted a salsa to The Spice Girls’ “Spice Up Your Life,” ending with an exuberant knee slide. 

“What were you doing there?” one of the judges asked when he was done. “It’s like you were being attacked by a swarm of wasps.” The best he could say was that it was “strangely entertaining.” 

“You were off-beat most of the dance,” another added. “But you had fun!” The team ended up getting a total score of 12 out of 30 for the night, just barely beating Lamar Odom, who ended up with 11. 

The first thing that one must comment on, of course, is the shirt, which looks like a version of Jerry Seinfeld’s famous “puffy shirt” designed by someone obsessed with bright colors, although at least when Jerry wore it he had the excuse of not realizing what he’d agreed to thanks to Kramer’s girlfriend the “low talker”:

Here’s the video:

That was, well, interesting I guess is the word. I suppose we can say that at least we can say that he didn’t fall down, or drop his partner, or rip the seat of his pants. So I guess he has that going for him. Beyond that, though, I really don’t know what to say other than to laugh, as I did when I first saw this when I woke up this morning.

Spicer isn’t the first political figure to appear on the show. Other disgraced political figures who have shown up as contestants include former Congressman Tom DeLay, current Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson, and former Texas Governor and current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Much like Spicer, all of them were, well, utterly horrible.

For his part Spicer, who was willing to humiliate himself on a daily basis when he went out before reporters and lied about even the most trivial things on behalf of the President, stands to make a pretty good sum regardless of how long he’s on the air:

Sean Spicer could waltz away with a nice payday if he wins “Dancing With the Stars.”

According to multiple sources, contestants on the ABC competition series make $125,000 for the show’s rehearsal period and their first two weeks on the air. If they make it to week three and beyond, they begin to earn additional fees each week. Sources say that the maximum contestants can earn is $295,000. By comparison, Spicer was making just under $180,000 during his time with the Trump administration, per a White House report released in 2017.

Contestants on previous seasons could, according to reports at the time, make as much as $345,000, but potential earnings this season will fall short of that number. Of course, the potential benefits of being on “Dancing with the Stars” go beyond the fee earned from the production. Many have used their time on the show to jumpstart their careers and landed lucrative new positions. Alfonso Ribeiro, for example, won Season 19 of the show in 2014 before he was named the host of ABC’s reboot of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which launched in 2015.

This probably isn’t where Spicer thought he’d end up after leaving the office, but reports after he departed made it clear that he was finding it difficult to get offers to serve as a political analyst on one of the cable networks in no small part due to the controversies that erupted when he was Press Secretary for the President. Indeed, one can say with certainty that whatever credibility he had in the media went out the window on his first day on the job when he was forced by the President to go out in front of the press and lie about the crowd size on Inauguration Day. From that point forward, nobody took him seriously and he’s paid the price for that.

Now he will go down as a guy in a ridiculous lime-green shirt that nobody takes seriously. Nice work there, Spicer.

FILED UNDER: Donald Trump, Entertainment, Politicians, Popular Culture, US Politics, ,
Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010. Before joining OTB, he wrote at Below The BeltwayThe Liberty Papers, and United Liberty Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook


  1. mattbernius says:

    This is going to be the cold open on Saturday Night Live this week, right?

  2. Mikey says:

    It won’t be complete until he comes out dressed as the Easter Bunny.

  3. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    Spicer isn’t the first political figure to appear on the show. Other disgraced political figures who have shown up as contestants include former Congressman Tom DeLay, current Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson, and former Texas Governor and current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Much like Spicer, all of them were, well, utterly horrible.

    Um…they also all have something else in common…
    Also, I think you skipped Bristol and Sarah Palin.
    Are Democrats missing out on the Reality Show Electorate?

  4. CSK says:

    Either he’s absolutely desperate for money, or he figures he can’t abase himself further than he did working for Trump.

  5. Gustopher says:

    Begone with him. Let him burn in hell.

    For all that this humanizes him, I hope people remember he is a really shitty human.

    It’s possible that I don’t have this whimsical respite thing down.

  6. Sleeping Dog says:

    @Daryl and his brother Darryl:

    Dems are capable of feeling shame and embarrassment.

    Of course Bill Clinton did play sax on Arsenio Hall, but he was passably OK.

  7. grumpy realist says:


    (I guess once you’ve been Official Fluffer for The Orange Mango, there really is no innate sense telling you at any point “erm, maybe you shouldn’t do that….”)

  8. Kathy says:

    I don’t usually make fun of people’s looks, and I won’t this time, either. But that shirt gave me an unpleasant flashback to the mid-80s, when neon colors were in fashion briefly. I swear they reflect 150% of the light that hits them.

  9. @Daryl and his brother Darryl:

    Bristol Palin was a contestant on the show.

    Sarah Palin was not.

  10. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    @Doug Mataconis:
    Yeah…I wasn’t clear. Bristol was dancing and Sarah was on the set visiting. In effect they were both on the show…but you are correct.

  11. CSK says:

    @Doug Mataconis: @Daryl and his brother Darryl:

    Apparently DWTS wanted Todd Palin, but settled for Bristol.

  12. Stormy Dragon says:


    I swear they reflect 150% of the light that hits them.

    In a sense they do. “Neon colors” usually refers to materials that are fluorescent, meaning they absorb light from one part of the spectrum and emit it back in a different part of the spectrum. In this case, they absorb UV light and emit visible light, so the combined emitted and reflected visible light from neon materials can be more than the visible light hitting them.

  13. I am going to say that his low point remains his work in the Trump administration. Lying to the public is lower than simply being a clown on TV.

  14. Just nutha ignint cracker says:
  15. grumpy realist says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: Ah yes, another case of they’re-all-biased-against-me-because-I’m-Christian-and-not-because-I’m-incompetent.

  16. Paine says:

    It’s a step up from working for Trump!

  17. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Spicer hasn’t begun to beclown himself until he becomes a Republican member of Congress. C’mon guys, you know there are lower levels of pond scum.

  18. Bob says:

    As George described Elaine Benes’ dance moves – “…full body dry heaves….”

  19. Kathy says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    Does the Bible say anything about reducing 1/3 of the Christian god to a hash tag?

  20. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Kathy: Not that I recall, but it’s hard to look up in concordances and commentaries because the original languages used different syntax to denote hash tags and we’re still arguing about what they were as far as I know.

  21. Scott F. says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:
    Amen to this!

    Once one is made a clown by the White House, all other beclowning pales in comparison. They say a job in the WH can make one’s career – they don’t say what kind of career will be made.

  22. MarkedMan says:

    Just remember, this is the product of the Trump, and our Trumpers here just lap it up. What the h*ll kind of a loser do you have to be to still be a Trumper at this point?

  23. Franklin says:

    @Stormy Dragon: I was starting to type the same thing when I found your post, which was more clear than what I was writing. It’s a strange fact that I only learned a few years ago!


Speak Your Mind