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Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer Blast Bruno Tonioli for Rude Remarks

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 26th 2011 7:15AM
Chaz Bono and Lacey SchwimmerHas Maksim Chmerkovskiy talking back to Len Goodman opened up the floodgates for more dancer vs. judge spats? After the furor surrounding the Maks vs. Len bust-up on 'Dancing With the Stars' Monday, emotions were running high on last night's results show, and the spotlight moved to judge Bruno Tonioli vs. Chaz Bono.

After the show, the newly eliminated Bono and pro dance partner Lacey Schwimmer were gracious in defeat, but had harsh words for Tonioli backstage. And Bono's fiercely protective mother Cher came out swinging on Twitter to lambast the Italian judge.

The reason for all the anger? On Monday Tonioli decribed Bono's 'Phantom of the Opera'-inspired performance as "a cute little penguin trying to be a big menacing bird of prey." Coming after a previous critique when he said watching the pair "was like watching a little Ewok dance with Princess Leia," Schwimmer decided she'd had enough. "He got under scored again," she Tweeted, "and tonights comments were the cherry on top. Having a judge refer to him as an animal every Week is so rude and unnecessary."

"I feel so bad about the comments week to week," she added. "It's not about the way someone looks, it's about the routine."

Cher probably had Tonioli fervently hoping they don't meet any time soon, as she furiously Tweeted "I COULD TEACH HIS LITTLE ARM WAVING ASS SOME MANNERS ! Critique CHAZ'S DANCE STYLE, MOVEMENTS ETC,.BUT DON'T MAKE FUN OF MY CHILD ON NAT.TV."

She followed up with a series of irate posts, including "IS IT DWTS Or LOOKING PERFECT WTS? ITS EASY 4 HIM 2 TAKE CHEAP SHOTS AT CHAZ ! LET HIM COME 2 'MY' STAGE." However, she wasn't all rage, taking the time to thank judge Carrie Ann Inaba for her "gentility," and later issuing a recap of her thoughts: "Condensed version ...The Chick is beautiful & Polite ! The Men suck."

Backstage Monday night Schwimmer backed Maks for taking a stand against what the dancers see as unduly harsh or plain old mean-spirited critiques of their work: "Generally speaking, Maks has the courage to say a lot of what a lot of the people on the show don't have the courage to say. So, good for him."

However, walking the post-show press line last night, Schwimmer was even more direct. Backing Bono's claims that the judges underscored them each week, she told E! Online that "The judges always have a favorite or two. We are just not that couple this season."

Schwimmer also said that the judges' comments sway the public vote."When they make comments like that, it does influence how people will vote or support or view the show."

Tonioli's always been known for his outrageous remarks and often unique sense of humor. However, as the dancers are growing tired of the sarcasm and what they clearly perceive as mean-spirited personal attacks, perhaps it's time for Tonioli to take time out of his grueling schedule and jet off on vacation with Len Goodman.

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.

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I am not watching Dancing with the stars next season because the judges have crossed the line; are not helpful; too bias; and crude. I just read where the ratings were down. They will be down even more next season if I have anything to do with it. For sure I won't watch unless there Bruno and Len are gone.

November 13 2011 at 7:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the juges are getting to be very nastey with they're comments they are there to give helpfull hints thay need to stop being soo mean i for one will not watch the show anymore if this does not change

November 02 2011 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is there someway we could sign a petition to have Bruno taken off of DWTS? This is not the first time he has insulted contestants ie Ralph Macchio.

October 28 2011 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Janice Ambrose

To compare Chaz to a penguin is to insult penguins everywhere.

October 27 2011 at 5:48 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Janice Ambrose

to compare Chaz to a penguin is to insult penquins everywhere

October 27 2011 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I forgot to add that I was making the penguin comparison as soon as the dance began.

October 26 2011 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was thinking to myself-and think I said it out loud-that Chaz resembled a penguin trying to dance. The Phantom
dance was not Chaz's best; at all. Therefore, I agreed with Bruno. No, Bruno did not need to make the animal kingdom comparison, but it was time for Chaz to go. All judges should stick to critiquing the dance technique.
Furthermore, Schwimmer is not a good instructor. I have never liked her choreography. However, kudos for trying
to teach a VERY out-of-shape person to dance.

October 26 2011 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its funny, because in the Danish version of this show the judges are the most polite people on the planet. That doesn't mean they can't tell someone that the suck so much and should ever try dancing again, they just do it with so much respect the person leaves the stage feeling all uplifted. Its funny the american version is so much about hating.

October 26 2011 at 8:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Fission's comment

Fission, totally agree. Would love to make Denmark or Norway my second home if financially able...Lovely, kind, intelligent, brilliant folks. Refreshing the way they treat people with respect and positive reinforcement. Never out of fashion and a universally appreciated social currency...

November 05 2011 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pamela B

Carrie Ann needs to go to. She makes me sick. She probably doesn't even know how to dance.

October 26 2011 at 7:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pamela B

Bruno you are such a jerk. that's all i have to say. Oh, Go back to Italy.

October 26 2011 at 7:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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