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Dancing With The Stars Defends Bruno: He Was Just Doing His Job


Sep. 29 2010, Published 1:42 p.m. ET

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The producers of Dancing With The Stars are standing behind it’s outspoken judge, Bruno Tonioli, after Tuesday night’s elimination saw a very upset Michael Bolton head home.

Following a poor performance on Monday night, Bruno called Bolton’s jive “the worst ever seen,” which sparked reaction from some of the show’s pro dancers and Bolton himself, who demanded that Tonioli apologize.

But in a statement to, the show defended Bruno’s remarks, saying:

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“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. While we respect the feelings of our celebrities and dancers, we don’t feel Bruno should be expected to apologize for doing his job.”

Bolton, who rushed to a show in Napa, Calif., just after getting eliminated, didn't make it backstage following his dismissal. But the show's pro dancers stood up for the crooner, arguing that Tonioli's criticism crossed the line.

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