Why ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Judge Carrie Ann Inaba Is ‘Frustrated’ with Voters Keeping Sean Spicer

Dancing with the Stars got a lot of backlash for casting Sean Spicer, but there are many fans voting to keep him on this season. That’s despite the fact that he is receiving really low scores for his performances.

Find out what Carrie Ann Inaba has to say about the voting results and why she is frustrated with voters this season.

‘Dancing with the Stars’ started with backlash over Sean Spicer

The dancing show isn’t a stranger to casting controversial and disgraced political figures. It continued this theme by casting Sean Spicer.

Fans weren’t happy about this and neither was host, Tom Bergeron. He posted a statement in response to the announcement. He claimed there was a lunch before there season to talk about his opinions on casting.

“Chief among them was my hope that DWTS, in its return following an unprecedented year-hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably decisive booking from ANY political affiliations,” he claimed in the statement.

He then added, “I left that lunch convinced we were in agreement. Subsequently (and rather obviously), a decision was made to, as we often say in Hollywood, ‘go in a different direction.'”

The statement ended on a hopeful note with “Hopefully, when [co-host] Erin Andrews and I look into those lenses again on September 16, you’ll be on the other side looking back, able to enjoy the charismatic pro dancers, the unpredictable judges and the kitschy charm that has defined DWTS since 2005.”

Higher-scoring celebrities were sent home over Spicer

The competition is in full-swing. Some celebrities had to drop out due to injuries like Christie Brinkley and Ray Lewis.

There were also higher-scoring celebrities that were sent home because they didn’t get enough votes from fans. Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Ally Brooke were surprisingly sent home despite doing well.

This certainly isn’t the first time voters at home picked their favorite celebrity over the technically good ones. However, there is one judge that isn’t afraid to say she’s frustrated by the outcome.

Carrie Ann Inaba says she’s frustrated with voters

Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli on 'Dancing with the Stars'
Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ | Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images

“It’s disappointing to see people go home like this week after week, and Sean is staying in, but it’s always been a partnership between the judges and the people,” Inaba told Entertainment Tonight. “That is what Dancing with the Stars is. I can’t get too mad, but yeah, I’m a little frustrated.” She then added, “I’m a lot frustrated.”

She also talked about the backlash the show has received over its winners. This was the case last year when Bobby Bones won.

“What I want to say about this is, there are people who are working their butts off, and we’ve gotten so many complaints in the past seasons about not the best dancer winning,” she said. “So, these people who are voting just to spite us or whatever reasons they’re having in their heart — listen, I respect you, but how about having a little respect for the people who are working their butts off dancing?”

Only time will tell if voters will change their strategy this season. However, history could repeat itself with how things are going.