By Lynette Rice
August 22, 2019 at 10:23 PM EDT

Tom Bergeron isn’t the only one at ABC who has a problem with inviting Sean Spicer to the ballroom.

Krista Vernoff, the revered showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, made her displeasure known on Twitter by saying the former White House press secretary has no business joining Dancing With the Stars because he “lied daily, to our faces, and made a mockery of our country.” She called on the network and Disney topper Robert Iger to “change this plan.”

Her message comes a day after DWTS host Tom Bergeron posted a missive on his Twitter account about how he hoped the ABC show would be a “joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations.”

Earlier Thursday, Spicer responded to Bergeron by telling THR that he hoped the dance floor would be a “politics-free zone.” “My hope is that at the end of the season, Tom looks back on this and realizes what a great example it was of being able to bring people of really diverse backgrounds together to have fun with each other, engage in a real civil and respectful way and maybe show millions of Americans how we can get back to that kind of interaction.”

President Donald Trump weighed in, too.

So far, ABC’s only response to the matter was this short statement from Executive Producer Andrew Llinares: “We’ve got a great and diverse cast. We are excited about the season.”

Spicer joins Christie Brinkley, James Van Der Beek, Lamar Odom, and more on the new season of DWTS, beginning Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Credit: ABC

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