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Chaz Bono's Fiancee Horrified at Death Threats He's Received (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 28th 2011 4:30AM
'Being Chaz'This week's installment of 'Being Chaz' (Sun., 8PM ET on OWN) took us back to the fallout from the announcement that Chaz Bono would be joining this latest season of 'Dancing With the Stars.' His fiancée Jennifer Elia was shocked and horrified at some of the comments that came through Twitter.

It is amazing how much hatred some people can have in their hearts. Certainly, the Internet has made it easier for these people to spew some of the most horrific and terrifying bile toward others, and Bono received plenty, including threats of physical violence and death.

"I don't think its worth it to do this show if he's gonna get shot," Elia said. "I don't want him to die for a cause."

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Chaz Bono Proposes on 'Being Chaz' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 27th 2011 4:45PM
Chaz Bono Proposes Chaz Bono's big year continues. The 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant returns to OWN in 'Being Chaz' (Sun., Nov. 27, 8PM ET), a follow-up to the Emmy-nominated documentary 'Becoming Chaz.'

In 'Being Chaz,' viewers will get to see a very special moment between Bono and girlfriend Jennifer Elia.

While in Seattle, Bono pops the question with a very special gift for Elia's birthday.

"It's gorgeous. Thank you so much," Elia said. "It's stunning. It's huge."

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Chaz Bono Previews 'Being Chaz' & Talks About His Gender Reassignment Surgery (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 23rd 2011 5:20PM
Chaz Bono dropped by 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) to talk to his fellow 'Dancing With The Stars' alum about his upcoming OWN special, 'Being Chaz,' a follow-up to OWN's Emmy nominated special 'Becoming Chaz.' Bono said they "started shooting it a few weeks before 'Dancing With The Stars' and filmed it the whole way through ... It's got a lot of drama and a lot of behind-the- scenes of 'Dancing With The Stars.'"

When Chaz came on in May to talk about 'Becoming Chaz,' he mentioned that he wasn't comfortable with the procedures available for transgender female-to-male genital reassignment surgery, but told Wendy today that, "There's a procedure that I'll probably do ... when I get some time off."

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Chaz Bono Talks 'DWTS,' Says Rosie O'Donnell Should Do It (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 12:30AM
Chaz Bono, 'The Rosie Show'Chaz Bono said he was told going on 'Dancing With the Stars' would be a life-changing experience, and he told Rosie O'Donnell that it absolutely was on 'The Rosie Show' (Weeknights, 7PM ET on OWN).

He also said that it was the hardest job on television, except maybe for 'Survivor.' "Nobody can imagine how difficult it is," he said. "The stress of getting on live television in front of 17 million viewers."

When O'Donnell mentioned that she gets asked every year to participate, and every year refuses, Bono said, "I would tell you to do it, actually."

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Chaz Bono Lashes Out at Tabloid for Predicting His Death

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 4th 2011 4:00PM
Chaz BonoChaz Bono is upset after the National Enquirer published a story predicting the death of the former 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant. The headline read: "Chaz Bono -- Only 4 Years to Live!"

The article cites Dr. Patrick Wanis, who claims Bono's weight combined with the stress of his recent appearance on 'DWTS' and various medications associated with his gender reassignment will "increase Chaz's risk of an early death." The Enquirer claims that Wanis predicts Bono will likely die by 2015.

Needless to say, Bono was not happy, and according to TMZ, he's firing back.

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What's Next for Chaz Bono? A Follow-Up to 'Becoming Chaz' on OWN

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 27th 2011 7:45AM
Chaz BonoChaz Bono's got time on his hands now that he's been eliminated from 'Dancing With the Stars,' but he won't be off TV screens for long. OWN has announced that it will air a follow-up special to 'Becoming Chaz' on November 27.

'Being Chaz' follows Bono and his fiancée Jennifer Elia as they navigate life after his gender reassignment surgery. We'll see her getting used to living with a man and him preparing to compete on 'Dancing With the Stars.' The documentary is executive produced by the veteran reality team of Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato ('Million Dollar Listing,' 'The Strange History of Don't Ask Don't Tell'), with Elise Duran ('Millionaire Matchmaker') as director and co-executive producer.

OWN will air a second special focusing on issues affecting the transgender community after 'Being Chaz.' 'I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition' follows 11-year-old transgender Jazz and her family wrestling with life-altering decisions as Jazz approaches puberty.

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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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'Dancing With the Stars' Week Six Elimination (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 25th 2011 10:45PM
'Dancing With the Stars'After an emotional performance show, in which Maks lost his cool with Len, it was bound to be a tense elimination on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC). Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his partner, Hope Solo, scored a 20 from the judges, which was better than only one other couple, Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer, who got 19.

Audience votes make up the difference of the vote, obviously, which had to leave Maks and Hope sweating waiting for the final word. We've seen how their fellow contestants felt, many of whom felt he may have crossed the line. Would America agree?

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 6: Maks & Len Have a Major Fallout

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 24th 2011 11:40PM
Oh Maks, sometimes you need to really hold in your feisty temper. Maks definitely brought the drama to 'Dancing With the Stars' this week -- but not in the way you're probably thinking. In fact, I don't think anyone saw this coming.

Maks and Len had a total fall-out in the ballroom this week, after Len criticized Hope, calling her rumba "her worst dance of the whole season." Well, Maks didn't quite like that and riled up the already cheering crowd, interrupting Len's critique. That's when Len snapped.

You see, Len gets the reputation for being the most critical judge for a reason. He actually judges for skill, and as he pointed out, he's been doing it for quite some time now. And that's where Maks decided to tell Len that maybe it was time for him to quit. His exact words: "Maybe it's time to go!" Oh snap.

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Chaz Bono to Receive GLSEN Respect Award

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 21st 2011 1:30PM
Chaz Bono may or may not have a shot at taking home the Mirror Ball trophy on 'Dancing With the Stars' this year, but he will be taking home a much more important award: the 2011 GLSEN Hero Award.

GLSEN -- the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network -- is honoring Bono, among others, at the seventh annual 2011 Respect Awards in Beverly Hills.

The Respect Awards are meant to honor individuals and corporations that have made significant advances in areas like diversity and inclusion.

Bono, a LGBT activist and author, legally became a man last year after gender-reassignment surgery. Bono's transition was the subject of the Emmy-nominated OWN documentary, 'Becoming Chaz,' as well as his own book, titled 'Transition,' which was released in May 2011.

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TV-Inspired Halloween Costumes

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 20th 2011 11:00AM
'The Walking Dead': more than just zombiesHalloween is just days away, but you've still got time to pull off an awesome conversation-starting costume.

Where better to look for inspiration than to the reality TV stars, possibly fake baby bumps and memorable TV characters that have made headlines lately?

From our favorite zombie dodgers, to Nancy Grace (optional accessory: an exposed nipple) in one of her 'Dancing With the Stars' ensembles, to a very clever new use for grandma's old Rascal scooter, we've got you covered with costume ideas for men and women.

After the jump, our picks for the hottest TV-inspired Halloween costumes, sure to give you all the tricks and treats you need to make the holiday as pop-culturally relevant as possible.

Share your own clever costume ideas in the comments ...

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'Dancing With the Stars' Week Five Elimination (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 19th 2011 12:00AM
'Dancing With the Stars' Week 5 EliminationIt was a great night of entertainment this week on the elimination installment of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC). With both Kelly Clarkson and The Band Perry on hand to provide the musical interludes, it was easy to forget that we were going to have to lose someone this week.

Carson Kressley had the lowest scores from the judges, but the person with the lowest scores hasn't gone him since Week One. Chaz Bono was two points above him at 21, but again fan support has kept both men in longer than their talent would have alone. Would it continue?

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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 5: Ricki's Roger Rabbit Flops, J.R. Shines

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 17th 2011 11:20PM
Ricki Lake & Derek go '80sIt was '80s night on 'Dancing With the Stars' this week and that meant big hair, big shoulder pads, acid brights, a guest performance by The Bangles and ... Roger Rabbit?

The seemingly unstoppable Ricki Lake didn't look so smooth doing the Roger Rabbit this week, even after some encouragement from surprise guest, filmmaker John Waters, who gave Ricki her big break in 1988's 'Hairspray.'

Unfortunately, Ricki just couldn't find the beat this week, and that definitely hurt her scores. After scoring two 10s last week for her thrilling 'Psycho' tango and being atop the leaderboard for three weeks in a row, Ricki dropped the ball this week, only scoring a 24 and losing her top spot to J.R. Martinez.

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Richard Simmons' Appearance on 'Dancing With the Stars' Sparks Health Worries

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 12th 2011 6:00AM
Richard Simmons, Chaz Bono, Lacey SchwimmerMonday night saw a surprise cameo from 'Sweatin' to the Oldies' star Richard Simmons on 'Dancing With the Stars' as he put contestant Chaz Bono through his paces for his 'Rocky'-inspired routine.

However, Simmons' noticeably slimmed-down frame, amply showcased by his gold mesh tank top and tiny shorts, sparked fears among many viewers that he may be unwell.

A rep for the fitness guru denied that he's got any health problems. Tom Estey told 'People' that Simmons is "the healthiest he's ever been."

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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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