Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is responding to widespread criticism over his being cast on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars."
"I'm going out and having some fun. I'm going to enjoy myself, and if more people like me [than they did before], then that's great," Spicer, 47, who was born in Manhasset to Port Washington parents before being raised in Rhode Island, told Mediaite.com Wednesday.
"I'm very happy with who I am," he continued. "I'm very happy with the friends that I have. The idea that I need this to make myself feel better is preposterous. I'm in this because I enjoy it. I'm very comfortable with who I am, what I believe and who I support, and that's it."
Critics of his casting included "DWTS" host Tom Bergeron, who on Wednesday had tweeted his disappointment that this season would not "be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY political affiliations."
Another cast member with a Long Island connection will be supermodel Christie Brinkley. The season's other celebrities will include actor James Van Der Beek; former Supreme Mary Wilson; Ally Brooke of girl group Fifth Harmony (fellow group member Normani Kordei competed with pro Val Chmerkovskiy on season 24, finishing in third place); country singer Lauren Alaina; "Queer Eye" life coach Karamo Brown; "The Office" actress Kate Flannery; Baltimore Ravens star and Hall of Famer Ray Lewis; comic actor Kel Mitchell; and former Los Angeles Lakers player Lamar Odom, who's originally from Queens.
Their dance partners will not be revealed until the season premiere, but on Wednesday it was announced that "Dancing With the Stars" pros Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev would not be returning.