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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."

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Chaz Bono on Cher's 'DWTS' Support (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 11th 2011 8:00PM
Chaz BonoCher's presence in the 'Dancing With the Stars' ballroom last night not only touched viewers, it also meant a lot to her competitor son, Chaz Bono.

Bono told 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) that he appreciated his mother's support during this week's performance show.. "I just saw her briefly after and she just told me how proud she was of me and how nervous she was for me," Bono told said. "I think she was proud and relieved."

Another celeb appearance excited 'AHL' hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, though -- Richard Simmons, who helped train Bono this week.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Week Four: Ricki Gets a Perfect 10 & Cher Cries Over Chaz!

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 10th 2011 11:59PM
CHER!Let's face it: You don't really want a recap this week. You just want to know how many times the 'Dancing With the Stars' cameras panned to Cher. So, I'm going to try and do both.

Cher looked like a proud mama watching her son dance to the theme from 'Rocky.' it was Chaz's best performance ... EVER (but I'm not changing my mind about this). It even brought Carrie Ann -- and Cher! -- to tears. However, did the crowd really give Cher a standing ovation when Chaz mentioned her? Chaz, you may have had your best dance of the competition, but you still got served by your mother. Granted, your mother is Cher.

Speaking of Cher, one of my favorite parts of the night was watching Cher's reactions to the judges critiquing Chaz. She was cheering, clapping, jumping and even praying -- yes, praying. It was pretty adorable.

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Did Cher Fans Save Chaz Bono from Elimination on 'DWTS'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 5th 2011 8:30AM
Lacey Schwimmer and Chaz BonoIt's been a grueling few weeks for 'Dancing With the Stars' contestants and the punishing training schedule has taken its toll on Chaz Bono.

Although he's lost weight and gained confidence on the dance floor, Bono's been suffering from swollen painful ankles, which may go some way to explain why he and Lacey Schwimmer were in last place after their rumba Monday night.

After that performance fans could have expected to see Bono facing elimination last night, but he wasn't. Has he benefited from tactical voting by Cher fans?

!!!SPOILER ALERT!!! If you don't want to know who was eliminated last night, stop reading now.

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Wendy Williams Analyzes 'DWTS' and Cher's Tweets About the Kardashians (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 4th 2011 6:45PM
As 'Wendy Williams' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) went over Chaz Bono's performance on last night's 'DWTS,' she couldn't help but draw an obvious, but nonetheless hilarious comparison. "Governor Christie! I didn't know you danced!" she joked.

But what was more interesting than Chaz's resemblance to the man who will remain Governor of New Jersey were the tweets from Chaz's mother, Cher. Immediately after Chaz's performance, Cher tweeted "God hope Chaz hangs on till next week so I can come sit in the Audience & Watch."

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'DWTS' Backstage Report: Ron Artest Talks About Exiting, Will Chaz and Lacey Dance to a Cher Song?

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 21st 2011 7:00AM
Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke Charvet, Peta Murgatroyd, Ron ArtestIt bites having to leave 'Dancing With the Stars,' especially when you enjoy being there as much as Ron Artest did.

But the pro basketball player focused on the positive after host Tom Bergeron announced on last night's results show that Artest and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd would be the first couple to leave Season 13.

Artest is a lesson to us all in having to embrace a change that we might not be so thrilled about having to make.

The couple earned the lowest score on Monday's show and this was Murgatroyd's first year as a pro dancer so she's yet to build a fan base like veterans Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas have. That combination apparently proved to be the duo's undoing.

AOL TV was on the post-show press line to talk to Artest and Murgatroyd about their exit and to some of the remaining participants to get their thoughts on what they need to do to stay in the game.

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Kathie Lee & Hoda Discuss Cher's Twitter Defense of Chaz's 'DWTS' Gig (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 1st 2011 2:00PM
Cher and Chaz Bono on 'Today'Casting Chaz Bono in 'Dancing With the Stars' has apparently besmirched the dignity of a reality TV competition to some people, enough that Cher felt the need to take to Twitter to protect her son. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb read Cher's Tweet on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) and discussed their thoughts about Bono's appearance.

After reading a lot of hateful commentary from Internet commenters about Chaz's appearance, Cher tweeted, "bet VAST MAJORITY of People will LOVE CHAZ on DWTS ! & it's took (expletive) Guts 2! Chaz isn't exactly the 'Gotta Dance Gotta Dance' kina Guy."

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'DWTS' Boss Addresses Chaz Bono Controversy, Cher and Lacey Schwimmer Lend Their Support

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 1st 2011 7:10AM
Chaz BonoThe 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 premiere is still more than two weeks away, but the controversy surrounding the inclusion of Chaz Bono as the show's first transgender contestant rages on.

Now, the executive producer of 'DWTS' has spoken publicly about the issue, and both Bono's mom, Oscar-winning actress and singer Cher, and his pro dance partner, Lacey Schwimmer, have expressed their support for Bono and their disappointment at the negative reactions.

'DWTS' executive producer Conrad Green addressed allegations from some online commenters that the show is pushing a homosexual agenda. He told 'The Hollywood Reporter' that such charges are unfounded.

"We don't have an agenda of any sorts," said Green. "I think of the 120 celebrities we've put on the show, we've had, I think now, three transgender or gay contestants. If that's a homosexual agenda, we're not doing very well at it."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Attracts Controversy for Casting Chaz Bono

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 31st 2011 7:30AM
Chaz Bono'Dancing With the Stars' is used to courting controversy with its casting choices, and Season 13 is already proving no exception.

Right now, much of the focus is on the inclusion of reality TV veteran -- and child of Sonny and Cher -- Chaz Bono.

Yesterday, we reported that the The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) had welcomed the addition of Bono -- the show's first transgender contestant -- as a positive step for the LGBT community.

Now, however, The Wrap reports that ABC has been attacked by some 'DWTS' fans who are not so thrilled with the casting choices, and that the 'DWTS' online message boards have been lit up with ugly, bigoted comments.

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Letterman Has a Hard Time Believing Kathy Griffin Is Friends With Cher (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 8th 2011 4:31AM
Kathy Griffin, 'Late Show with David Letterman'For some reason, David Letterman had a hard time believing that Kathy Griffin could be friends with Cher. Maybe it's because Griffin always talks about how she's on the 'D-List,' but on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) she revealed how the pair met.

It was through a mutual friend, Rosie O'Donnell, who's still above that 'D-List' herself. Griffin said she wasn't sure if she should give Cher her number, but the latter cleared that up. According to Griffin, Cher told her, "Of course you should, I'm f****** Cher."

What this might mean is that it's time for Griffin to upgrade the title of her show. Maybe it should be 'Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Hanging Out With A-Listers from Time to Time.' Or, if that's too unwieldy, 'Kathy Griffin Knows Cher.' That would certainly draw some more attention toward the series.

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'Becoming Chaz' Chronicles the Gender Reassignment Journey of Chaz Bono (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 11th 2011 1:21AM
Chaz Bono, 'Becoming Chaz'It's been a long and arduous journey for Chaz, formerly Chastity Bono. Born to Cher and Sonny Bono 42 years ago, Chastity struggled with her identity for years.

From puberty on, she realized she felt like a man on the inside, but looked like a woman on the outside. 'Becoming Chaz' (Tue., 9PM ET on OWN) chronicled her journey from a woman named Chastity to a man named Chaz.

Chastity began the gender transition process in 2008. Now, when Chaz sees a moment like the surgery that changed his chest from that of a man to a woman, he can see his outside starting to match the inside.

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After Testosterone Shots, Chaz Bono Is Having Trouble Being Around Chatty Women (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 10th 2011 11:45AM
Chaz Bono Says He Hates It When Women GossipChaz Bono may have once been a woman, but he absolutely can't stand it when women gossip. On 'Good Morning America' (7AM ET on ABC), Bono, who was born Chastity to Sonny Bono and Cher, said he finds it difficult to deal with groups of chatty women since he underwent gender reassignment.

"When I'm in a group of women ... they'll start talking as women can do and I just can't do that anymore. I just can't talk endlessly about, you know, whatever," Bono said.

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Cher Takes Christina Aguilera Under Her Wing in 'Burlesque' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 19th 2010 12:15PM
Apparently, there were no diva antics on the set of the upcoming movie 'Burlesque.' Instead, Cher took Christina Aguilera under her wing, much like Meryl Streep once did for her, she said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

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Cher Discusses Her Former Daughter's Sex Change With Letterman (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 12th 2010 5:05AM
Cher Discusses Her Former Daughter's Sex Change With LettermanCher is a legendary singer, actress and long-time advocate for gay rights. She had one child with former husband Sonny Bono -- daughter Chastity Sun Bono, who was named after Cher's first dramatic film role in the 1969 flop 'Chastity,' where she played a bisexual.

Daughter Chastity came out as a lesbian many years ago, and following a sex-change operation, she changed her name to Chaz Salvatore Bono. Cher fully supports Chaz, who was legally declared a man this past May. But on 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), she and David Letterman puzzled through how to refer to her child.

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Lady Gaga, in Meat Dress, Wins a Record Eight Times at MTV VMAs (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 13th 2010 10:20AM
Lady Gaga Wins a Record Eight Times at 'MTV VMAs,' Accepts Award While Wearing a 'Meat Dress'It was a very Lady Gaga kind of night at the '2010 MTV Video Music Awards' (Sun., 6PM ET on MTV). The singer, who wore a meat dress,
walked away with an unprecedented eight awards -- including what was essentially the grand prize; the "Video of the Year" award for her song 'Bad Romance.'

Gaga changed outfits three times during the show, but received the most attention for her final ensemble: a dress (and purse) made entirely out of meat. Hopefully, the "meat" was fake, not real ... but you never know with Ms. Gaga.

Iconic 64-year-old performer Cher handed out the final award to Gaga in her meat dress. Cher quipped that she was the oldest person at the show with "the biggest hair and the littlest costume."

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