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Chaz Bono's Dance Moves Continue to Impress 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 15th 2011 4:00PM
Chaz Bono and Billy Bush do 'Chaz Hands' on 'Access Hollywood Live'An early rehearsal tape of Chaz Bono on 'Dancing With the Stars' captured Billy Bush's imagination, and set him on a quest to emulate Bono's moves on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC). Thursday, Kit Hoover caught up with Bono in the thick of another dance rehearsal, and his moves are catching on there, too.

"We are obsessed with this," Hoover told Bono and his dance partner, Lacey Schwimmer, showing them the rehearsal tape. "We call it 'The Chaz Hands.' Now I'm no coach, I don't know these things, but if you can bring what we saw in that video -- it's infectious, it's fun."

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Carson Kressley and Wendy Williams Break Down the 'DWTS' Field (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 15th 2011 3:30PM
Carson Kressley on 'Wendy Williams' Carson Kressley might not be the most unbiased opinion you could seek to discuss who's going to win Season 13 of 'Dancing With the Stars,' considering he's vying for the Mirrorball Trophy himself. But on 'Wendy Williams' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) he talked a bit about his competitors with Williams.

Williams has a few strong opinions about how this season will go down. She doesn't see Kressley being eliminated first. That honor will go to George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, she predicted. Kressley made the point that Vegas is setting odds on the competition and has installed Canalis as the favorite. "Oh, she's not going to win," said Williams. "People don't like her because she hurt George Clooney's heart. And he's like an American [treasure]." At which point, Kressley jokingly yelled, "I hate her!"

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Excited for 'DWTS,' Billy Bush Does the Chaz Dance (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 8th 2011 4:45PM
Billy Bush does his best Chaz Bono on 'Access Hollywood Live'Billy Bush has been enchanted by Chaz Bono's dancing since he first saw a clip of it early this week. Thursday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), Bush did his best impression of 'The Chaz,' and he and Kit Hoover got ready for the new 'Dancing' season by speaking with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, who's paired with Elisabetta Canalis in the competition.

Hoover wanted to know if the uncomfortable, often revealing costumes made it difficult to focus. "Sometimes it can get a little difficult to focus but honestly, it's more difficult to focus for her," he said, referring to his partner. His brother Maksim is also a staple of the show, but has never won. Which means there's a little more on the line for Valentin. "We have a lot of family back home, I have to redeem our name a little bit," he said.

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Kristin Cavallari Surveys Her 'DWTS' Competition on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 6th 2011 3:45PM
Kristin Cavallari on 'Dancing With the Stars' on 'Access Hollywood Live'Former 'Hills' and 'Laguna Beach' reality star Kristin Cavallari is going to have lots of competition, both on the dance floor and for headlines, on the upcoming season of 'Dancing With the Stars.' She surveyed the field on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), critiquing her fellow cast members and even offering an early favorite.

Chaz Bono has grabbed more attention than any other contestant thus far, and 'Access' showed a clip of him showing off his best moves for the camera. That willingness to perform will only help him, said Cavallari. "He has confidence, which I think is a huge deal," she said. "You need a lot of confidence to win this thing."

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Chaz Bono Says His 'Dancing With the Stars' Training 'Is Going Really Well'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 5th 2011 11:30AM
Lacey Schwimmer and Chaz BonoIt seems as though Chaz Bono has chosen to address his critics by training hard and giving it his all on the 'Dancing With the Stars' dance floor.

Over the weekend Bono Tweeted that "Dancing rehearsal with @LaceySchwimmer is going really well. I had a little breakthrough today and I'm getting all the choreography down."

His pro dance partner Lacey Schwimmer told 'People' that Chaz is working hard and has already dropped six pounds in weight thanks to his hard work and the gruelling regimen known as the 'DWTS' workout plan.

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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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Kathie Lee and Hoda Talk About the New 'Dancing With the Stars' Cast (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 30th 2011 3:15PM
The cast of 'Dancing With the Stars' on 'Today'Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb followed the buzz about the new cast of 'Dancing With the Stars' by giving their own rundown on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). They went through each contestant one-by-on, showing their photos and giving commentary on each selection.

Carson Kressley, said Gifford, would provide the laughs for the show. Of former George Clooney girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, Gifford said, "She's gotta do something now, she's not going out with George Clooney anymore." She also said she had known about Nancy Grace's casting in advance, but had to keep it secret.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Casting News Welcomed by GLAAD

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 30th 2011 5:55AM
'DWTS' Season 13 CastThe cast for 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 was announced last night, and the inclusion of both the show's first transgender contestant (Chaz Bono) and an openly gay man (Carson Kressley) has been applauded by the The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

As reported by 'Entertainment Weekly,' Herndon Graddick, senior of director of programs for GLAAD, said in a statement: "With both gay and transgender contestants represented on this upcoming season, ABC will send viewers a strong message about the diversity within the LGBT community."

Graddick added that, "At a time when transgender representation in the media is sorely lacking, Chaz Bono joining the cast is a tremendous step forward for the public to recognize that transgender people are another wonderful part of the fabric of American culture. Appearing on such a high-profile show will allow millions of Americans to get to know him in a whole new light."

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Chaz Bono (Formerly Chastity) Speaks Out for the First Time as a Man (Video)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 29th 2009 12:21PM

I got you babe ... er, man. Chastity Bono, the daughter of Sonny Bono and Cher, is well on his way to becoming a new man. 'The Early Show' aired a clip from part of an interview Bono gave to Mary Hart of 'Entertainment Tonight' in which he spoke out for the first time about his gender-changing procedures.

According to Bono, the transformation will take approximately four to five years and require surgery as well as hormone therapy, and feels like "literally going through puberty."

Watch the video from Morning Rush.

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