Sean Spicer has plans for getting back on TV. And this time he won’t be anchoring the White House press briefings.
Instead, the former press secretary is developing his own talk show, with a pilot set to be filmed in July, according to a New York Times report. The program has the tentative title of Sean Spicer’s Common Ground and would feature conversations between the former White House official and prominent personalities.
But Spicer will have to get guests first. Thus far, Stormy Daniels’s attorney Michael Avenatti and comedian Kathy Griffin have seemingly confirmed that they were invited to be guests on the show but have declined to appear, per Business Insider.
I turned down Sean Spicer for his new show despite the fact that it would have been YUGE with the biggest ratings since the Apprentice and the largest live audience since the 2017 Inauguration (which was the largest ever on record)!!!!!!!!!— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 26, 2018
It’s not clear whether Spicer’s TV venture will actually happen. The show hasn’t been picked up by a network or streaming service yet, but the Times’s Michael Grynbaum and Maggie Haberman have reported that it’s backed by “heavy hitters in the realm of unscripted television,” suggesting that the idea will, at the very least, be taken seriously.
Spicer had a bigger pop culture presence than most White House press secretaries. His repeated gaffes and many quirks — including a penchant for swallowing gum and an ongoing beef with Dippin’ Dots — made him the target of a popular parody by comedian Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live.
In addition, Spicer was known for being combative with reporters and repeatedly making false statements on the president’s behalf, including claiming that Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons on his people and inflating the size of Trump’s inauguration crowds. His pursuit of the talk show suggests that he wants to regain the megaphone he once had — and given his notoriety, he’ll probably get it.
As the Times observed, the notion of Spicer fostering “common ground” might seem unlikely. His response: “Maybe if I can be part of having productive conversations with people, we can show a better way.”