Some ABC News employees are "armed", as one source put it, because of a decision by the entertainment department of ABC.
But Wednesday's message took a dramatic turn when complaints were raised externally when over the role of Spicer, with an internal complaint coming from Dancing host Tom Bergerron, who publicly shared his views.
There was also grunting in ABC News, especially since Dancing was constantly being promoted by the news section, especially by Good Morning America.
Nine sources in and around the ABC newsroom spoke with CNN Business on condition of anonymity about this discomfort in the ranks.
Employees have expressed a number of opinions – some say it's just a "rollover". One couple said they didn't care about choosing Spicer. One note: "How long do you really think he will last?" But others said they were angry.
"This is a slap in the face to those of us who have had to deal with its bubble and the aftermath of the ongoing White House lie and misinformation campaign," said one employee.
Spicer was "horrified" to "so many of us," another source told ABC. "It's disgusting to think he gets on the show and gets paid from our company." "I think it's an entertaining show. I expect to have fun. And if people are looking for news, I suggest tuning in to a news program."
The next season of Dancing with the Stars is set to begin on September 16.
One ABC source said that the reality show could be called" Dancing Down and Out. "
Spicer, in turn, said in response to the Times column: "I am very happy with who I am and who I support. "It's not changing. I'm giving people another opportunity to see a country that is different from me."
But that still makes it difficult for ABC News employees who are tasked with promoting the show.
These issues are particularly difficult when veterans of the Trump administration interact with news organizations. It is no wonder why Spicer and his successor as press secretary, Sarah Huckby Sanders, were not hired as political analysts by any television network – they spent their days undermining the networks and defending the president, who calls news media the "enemy of the people. "
Bergerron raised his eyebrows when he tweeted, hours after the GMA event was revealed, that he hoped the new season would be a joyous break from our exhausting political climate and without inevitably separating reservations from any party affiliation. "
He stated that the show's producers had decided to" go the other way. "
In response to Bergeron's statement, Spicer told CNN Business, "I think Tom was a great host. And I firmly believe that when the season is over, he will probably bring together a diverse group of people who can interact on in a fun, civil, and respectful way, it's actually a way we can move the country in a positive way, and it will show an example of how Americans may disagree on politics and tune in to good entertainment and keep their politics on pa state. "