Sean Spicer has a new job two years after resigning from the White House.
ABC revealed the Dancing with the Stars season 28 cast on Wednesday, introducing a new crop of celebrities into the world of ballroom dancing. From reality stars and athletes to country singers and supermodels, the series tapped stars from every corner of Hollywood.
But perhaps the most surprising contestant? President Donald Trump’s former press secretary.
“The nice thing is Sean will be in charge of assessing audience size,” DWTS host Tom Bergeron joked on Good Morning America.
And the humor wasn’t lost on Spicer. The journalist, who admitted to being dancing-impaired, said he plans to “work really, really, really hard every day,” in order to stay in the competition.
Spicer, 47, resigned in July 2017 after Trump appointed New York financier Anthony Scaramucci to fill the job of communications director. Spicer had been doing double duty as press secretary and acting as White House communications director since Michael Dubke resigned earlier that year.
Spicer’s time at the lectern didn’t come without controversy. He famously came under fire for lying about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration — he drew harsh criticism for his claim that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period” — and scolding veteran White House correspondent April Ryan for shaking her head after she asked a question related to Trump’s connections to Russia.
Karamo Brown, The Bachelorette‘s Hannah Brown, supermodel Christie Brinkley, country star Lauren Alaina, actor James Van Der Beek, NFL legend Ray Lewis, The Office star Kate Flannery, pop star Ally Brooke, Lamar Odom, Kel Mitchell and Mary Wilson round of the contestants for season 28 of DWTS.
This season, the pro dance partner pairings won’t be unveiled until the premiere.
Season 28 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Sept. 16 on ABC.