Sean Spicer is out.
The former White House press secretary was finally voted off Dancing With the Stars following one of the most controversial runs in the dance competition’s 14-year history. When Spicer was announced as a contestant on the improbable juggernaut’s 28th season, the casting choice sparked concerns ABC is normalizing the Trump administration — which has targeted LGBTQ+ people, women, and minorities ad nauseam during the president’s three years in office.
Spicer’s time on the show was just as acrimonious. Despite scoring near the bottom of the pack almost every single week, an online campaign urged Trump supporters to vote for him as a middle-finger to Hollywood liberals and coastal elites — even though DWTS is a flyover country staple.
Judges became increasingly frustrated over the season’s run as Spicer kept being voted back, even as more sprightly dancers (or at least ones that didn’t wear hideous neon ruffles) were sent home.
That vexation bubbled over during last night’s judging. After Spicer performed a lead-footed tango to Destiny’s Child’s “Bills Bills Bills,” judge Bruno Tonioli referred to the routine as an “Argentine struggle,” while the Washington Post noted in its recap of the episode that Len Goodman “started to give a technical critique but then abruptly decided it wasn’t worth his time.”
“I didn’t like it,” he said crisply. “There you go.”
After earning just 26 out of 40 possible points — which is honestly generous considering how flat and lifeless his dancing is — Spicer was finally sent packing on Monday. The judges offered backhanded praise upon his farewell, with Tonioli noting that he’s been “so entertaining” and a “good sport.”
Although his former boss credited Spicer with a “great try” in a tweet, Trump quickly began deleting old posts in which he urged followers to support Spicer, calling him a “great and very loyal guy.”
“He is in the quarterfinals — all the way with Sean!” Trump tweeted during the episode, which has now been scrubbed from his account.
But the disavowal from Trump, which was within minutes of his elimination, isn’t the first time Spicer has been snubbed in the past week. After Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown, who was voted off earlier in the season, called his fellow contestant a “good guy” and said the two got “very close” on the show, he has since walked that back. Brown now claims the two were never friends, even though the culture guru had repeatedly referred to Spicer as a friend.
“[T]here was no friendship,” he told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live earlier this month. “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.”
Don’t feel bad for Spicer, though: Even after his elimination, he will still take home a six-figure payday from the show.