“I’m very comfortable with who I am,” Spicer told Mediaite after a New York Times critic and "DWTS" host Tom Bergeron protested his inclusion on the show.
“I’ve never really cared what they think,” Spicer said of The Times. “I’m not going to care now.”
“I think Tom has been a great host. And I firmly believe when the season is over he’s probably going to realize bringing a diverse group of people together, who can interact in a fun, civil and respectful way, is actually a way we can move the country forward in a positive way. And it will make this show an example of how Americans can disagree about politics and tune into good entertainment shows and keep their politics at bay,” Spicer told Fox News in a statement.
Spicer said he was approached about the dancing show after he left the White Hosue in 2017 but it wasn't the right time then.
Bergeron released a statement Wednesday objecting to Spicer's casting but poked fun at the former press secretary during ABC’s cast announcement Wednesday morning.
"The nice thing is, Sean will be in charge of assessing audience size," Bergeron joked, making innuendo about the controversy over the crowd size at Trump's 2017 inauguration.
“This is an opportunity to have some fun,” Spicer told Mediaite. "I’m in this because I enjoy it."
Fox News' Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.