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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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