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'Dancing With the Stars' Producers Defend Tonioli's Criticism of Bolton

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 30th 2010 7:00AM
Michael Bolton and Chelsie HightowerSo this week on 'Dancing With the Stars' we've already had the controversy that was "Boo-Gate," and now "Bolton-Gate" is hotting up even further as the acrimony surrounding Michael Bolton's exit shows no signs of abating.

In dismissing Bolton's performance Monday night, judge Bruno Tonioli said the singer had danced "really, really badly," and said he'd offered up "the worst jive in 11 seasons." In an interview on 'Good Morning America,' Bolton called Tonioli's remarks "inappropriate" and "disrespectful" and demanded an apology: "I think he should apologize publicly and be reprimanded for it."

Just don't hold your breath waiting for that apology, Michael. ... As reported by 'People' magazine, the show's producers are backing Tonioli. In a statement Wednesday they said that "Bruno's role as a judge is to give his honest opinions on the quality of the dances he's judging, which is what he did in this case." Ouch.

The producers then piled on the misery for Bolton: "While we respect the feelings of our celebrities and dancers ... we don't feel Bruno should be expected to apologize for doing his job."

Tonioli's known for his often outrageous remarks, but his criticism of Bolton's jive has been labeled excessive and unkind by several of the pro dancers and celebrities on the show. Even Tonioli's fellow judge, Len Goodman, admitted that Bruno had been too harsh, adding that he personally always tries to "add a little positive."

So was Bolton's performance really that bad? Our poll showed that two-thirds of people who voted thought that while yes it was bad, it wasn't the worst. This is one feud that could run and run. Stay tuned for more updates!

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mon., 8PM ET on ABC. Results show airs Tues., 9PM ET on ABC.

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I love mb music ..But he can't dance so i do not think the judge was out of line if u can't take honesty then don't be on any show's that judge u..

October 06 2010 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The two male judges continue to spout off instead of giving constructive criticism. If the producers lose the ability to book stars, due to the stars' fear of public humiliation, what will they call the show?
The two male judges are trying,and succeeding in stealing the limelight from the rest of the crew. I know I'm not the only viewer to notice this - so, are the producers just not paying attention?

October 06 2010 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this was WORST DANCE IN 10 YEARS. please mike don't stop singing. but DO STOP DANCING. bruno could of been a bit more softer but he was 100% corect kate was bad...but she is female , so bruno softer side was used on kate.

October 06 2010 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why are the judges so hard at the beginning of a new season? They are covering up because it has become obvious that the one professional dancer (e.g. Nicole last season, Jennifer this season) is going to win in the end anyway, so they build up to it. The surprising thing is that that many stars are willing to submit themselves to the process. I planned to stop after the Nicole season...now I REALLY will stop watching and hope others do the same.

October 06 2010 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bruneo was out of line to make the statement that it was the worst in 11 seasons, maybe he has forgotten about some of the others, Kate Gosslin, Wayne Newton, Jerry Springer, Adam Corrolla,Susan Lucci just to name a few. Yes it wasn't a GREAT performance but not the worst and defintely not a 3.

October 06 2010 at 9:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the producers should think about replacing Bruno and Carry-Ann because they both have become so obnoxious and overacting .I think Len is the only one in that panel who has class and knows what he is doing.

October 04 2010 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It may be harder to find people to go on DWTS from now on. Some of those stars have never danced and some have, like jennifer grey! He should take back his remarks just to show his understanding that Bolton had NO experience and was doing the best he could. Telling him he was the worst in 11 years went over the line.

October 02 2010 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhoda Moree

Most of the "stars" appearing on this program have no dance experience whatsoever. Therefore, we see performances which are sometimes not very good. This does not give the judges the right to be rude and disrespectful. Bruno could have informed Michael in a nice way that his performance was not as good as some of the other dancers. Kate Gosselin received much better treatment and her dancing was terrible!

September 30 2010 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Everyone is going rough on Michael Bolton the first season that was the biggest cry baby. The actor who was on the show he cried and complained about the Kelly M from General Hospital winning that DWTS had a DANCE OFF again so he could get another vote and he got the trophy. How soon people forget ........all he is asking for is an apolpgy not another season of a dance off so he could stay on the show. I would love to hear why they let that happen on the first season. That had to have been very embrassing to have to go back and dance again for the trophy again.

September 30 2010 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bruno is to "Dancing" like Simon was to "Idol"...it makes the show! Bruno was just telling the truth, if the contestants can't take it, they shouldn't be on the show....What do they want, to be lied to, and made to think they are good...geez!!!!

September 30 2010 at 10:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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