Actually, Karamo Brown says he and Sean Spicer are not friends at all.
The Queer Eye star, a contestant on Dancing With the Stars who was eliminated October 28, has drawn heavy fire for comments suggesting a desire to get to know the former White House press secretary. In an official exit interview for the show, Brown said he was "proud" of Spicer and would "walk away from here calling him a friend."
But during an interview Tuesday on Watch What Happens Live, he quickstepped those comments back, lashing out at the fact Spicer remains on the show despite consistently low scores.
"He can't dance, that's literally what it is," Brown told host Andy Cohen. "But it's also fan vote. And Middle America watches the show and they vote for him. And also our president, who should be doing other stuff, has been tweeting 'vote for the man.'"
Indeed, Donald Trump morethanonce has urged his Twitter followers to vote for Spicer to remain on the show, often during the critical voting period after phone lines and web voting opens following performance episodes. Such election meddling appears to have saved Spicer multiple weeks despite having the lowest score from judges.
But Brown also made clear that while he remained cordial with his castmate through the competition, the two aren't likely to tango together again any time soon.
"I was nice to Sean Spicer. But there was no friendship," Brown said. "I was just saying that, if we're going to be on the same show, I'm going to have a respectful conversation with someone who's different from me."
Brown suffered heavy criticism for suggesting in advance of the show he would engage in "respectful conversations" with Spicer. On that, Brown said that was no hustle, and he still plans to treat people with respect.
"If you've never seen me on television, I'm always going to be the person to build a bridge," Brown said.