Karamo Brown is backtracking on his “friendship” with Sean Spicer. The Queer Eye co-host now says he was just being nice to the former White House press secretary.
“I’m always going to be the person to build a bridge,” he said on Watch What Happens Live.
I don’t know about you, but I’m just about done with this entire saga.
It all began back in August after the lineup for the latest season of Dancing With the Stars was announced. Brown was cast on the show to compete against the likes of Pose season one star James Van Der Beek and supermodel Christie Brinkley, as well as the former lying mouthpiece of the Trump Administration.
At the time, Brown faced harsh criticism from the LGBTQ+ community for his comments about his new co-star, whom he said he was “excited” to sit down with and “engage in a respectful conversations.” The Queer Eye culture guru further doubled down on this sentiment in an interview with Access Hollywood, calling Spicer “a good guy, a really sweet guy.”
The blowback, which he says included death threats directed at his son, caused the former Real World star to block some of his critics, delete his twitter, and take a break from Instagram. When he returned to social media and continued speaking to press as a contestant on DWTS, he remained committed to being a “bridge” for Spicer, including after his recent elimination from the show.
“Sean is literally someone who I would’ve never thought I could be friends with, and I’m going to walk away from here calling him a friend,” Brown said at the time, which was literally just a week ago. “I really am proud of him, because he’s had fun every week and I think he’s exceptional.”
According to People, Brown told reporters that he’s been having conversations with the former press secretary and believes he’s getting Spicer to come around on LGBTQ+ issues.
“Through this process, Sean’s trailer has been next to mine and I have literally every day been planting seeds in his heart,” Brown said, noting moments when he explained how Spicer’s past remarks hurt him as a gay person of color. “He got emotional [during the elimination] because he’s realizing that I’m not someone you should be attacking in the media.”
“I’m a human being,” he added. “And if I can touch his heart, I’m about to go through and make a tour of Washington! I still want Trump out of office, but you know. That was the goal.”
Now Brown is sidestepping his former comments. On Watch What Happens Live, he spoke about the nature of their relationship and why the anti-LGBTQ+ politician is still on the show despite being a bad dancer.
“He can’t dance, that’s literally what it is,” Brown told host Andy Cohen. “But it’s also [the] fan vote. And Middle America watches the show and they vote for him. And also our president, who should be doing other stuff, has been tweeting ‘vote for the man.'”
When asked about being “friends” with Spicer, he classified his actions as being “nice.”
“But there was no friendship,” he clarified. “I was just saying that, if we’re going to be on the same show, I’m going to have a respectful conversation with someone who’s different from me… People were like, ‘How dare you? Oh my gosh.’ And I was like, if you’ve never seen me on television, I’m always going to be the person to build a bridge.”
Looks like that bridge, much like London’s, is finally falling down.