Dancing With The Stars Producers: Bruno Does Not Have to Apologize

Michael Bolton was eliminated from Dancing With the Stars this week after earning a measly 11 points for a Jive that was, well, check it out after the jump. It was easily the worst performance of the night. But was it the worst Jive in all 11 season of Dancing with the Stars? Judge Bruno Tonioli thought so, and minced no words in describing the offensive routine.

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The viewing public agreed with the judges, and didn’t vote to save him. An obviously miffed Michael Bolton was eliminated last night, and didn’t keep his displeasure to himself, calling Bruno “inappropriate and disrespectful” in an off-stage chat with Brooke Burke.

Bolton was still mad this morning, telling peeps at Good Morning America that Bruno owes him an apology.  The DWTS producers, however, disagree. They released the following statement today:

“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 our dancers, we don’t feel Bruno should be expected to apologize for doing his job.”

Bolton’s  a big boy. He signed up for DWTS for the exposure. The controversy will probably help him more than hurt him. By now, anybody who signs up for a reality show should know they could be at the mercy of producers who will do anything for a controversial TV moment. It’s not like Bruno personally attacked him, made fun of his hair or his crappy music career.   He said his dancing sucked donkey balls, which it pretty much did.

What do you think? Does Bruno owe Bolton an apology?

Videos after the JUMP…

Michael & Chelsie dance the Jive-Bruno rips it to shreds

Not shown: Bruno gives it a 3, Carrie Ann and Len a 4 for a total of 11 points

Michael Bolton calls Bruno “Inappropriate and Disrespectful” during Tuesday Results show

Michael Bolton Demands Apology from Bruno on GMA

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29 Comments

  1. I wouldn’t say Bolton deserves an apology. But DWTS (and all competition-based reality shows) have to be careful not to go too far in criticizing contestants. DWTS has to be especially careful, but they don’t want to insult a celebrity’s dancing so much to where it seems like they’re hurting the pro dancer in the pairing. Those dancers are needed to work with the celebs and who, quite often, put up with all the show’s drama with little complaint.

    There’s a way to get your point across without pushing the wrong buttons. True, all these shows live and thrive on controversy. But when the situation can become a dividing point, like this one, it can do more harm than good.

    It’s all about limits. Push them, but don’t break them.

  2. No, Bruno doesn’t owe him an apology. I’m not sure I agree with Bruno – there was some guy years ago, a rapper I think, who was worse than Bolton, wouldn’t even wear proper shoes. I don’t know if he did a jive, but if so, he was probably worse. And often the judges serve softballs. But that doesn’t mean anyone has a right to expect one. Bolton didn’t have to dance like a robot, that was his choice. He should be embarrassed, as a musician, that he doesn’t have the rhythm God gave a slug.

  3. Bolton and Chelsie owe ME an apology as a viewer, for the badly danced and choreographed, number and the three minutes of my life I will never get back.

    Plus Bolton owes me a long overdue apology for his “music” and the years of the mullet. The whiner.

    Good for the producers of DWTS to telling it like it is, and not apolgizing.

  4. Bolton and Chelsie owe ME an apology as a viewer, for the bad danced and choreographed, number and the three minutes of my life I will never get back.

    ^^THIS!

    I think the other two judges owe all the contestants an apology for over scoring Bolton. He deserved a 3 from all 3 judges. Hell if I was scoring him I would have given him a 1.

  5. Heck no – that was one of the worst Jive’s I’ve seen in all the seasons I’ve watched (don’t think I’ve watched all) – actually, it was too painful to watch – TG for DVR! He should be thankful it wasn’t Simon Cowell sitting it that chair!

  6. If the DWTS PTB don’t control this type of behavior from the judges they will be no celebrities next year to insult.

  7. No, an apology should not be mandatory, but would be in good taste. The problem is, Bolton should not behave like a Diva here, and admit he’s just not a great dancer. He probably would have gotten one if he said “I worked very hard as did Chelsea, and even though it may not have shown, it is hurtful to hear such cruel remarks”. Now, that ship has sailed. Even Simon apologizes when the producers (himself being one) decides it’s the right thing to do. If the voters had kept him another week, Bruno may have been pressured more to give in.

  8. I’m not sure I agree with Bruno – there was some guy years ago, a rapper I think, who was worse than Bolton, wouldn’t even wear proper shoes. I don’t know if he did a jive, but if so, he was probably worse.

    That was Master P. and he got the lowest scores from the judges, in the show’s history. If IIRC.

    So yeah, that was a worse performance, and got scored worse. Which is all I ask.

  9. I’d like to see the judges criticize the professionals also. The celebrity is not responsible for the choreography and they are only doing what they are instructed to by the professional dancers.

    That being said though, Bolton brought a bad attitude to the performance. I could sympathize with trying to dance while not feeling well, but I couldn’t feel sorry for him. It just looked like he wasn’t even trying. His partner just didn’t have much to work with.

  10. just watched what happened. I don’t think there’s matter for an apology. Bruno was a bit rude in my opinion though. The other judges had the same opinion but they expressed it in a more gentle and specific wat. I agree with MrDuffin that the judges should expressed themselves tactfully while remaining honest because the show needs to attract celebrities and some might be turned off by the show if there’s a perception that the judging gets rude

  11. Last week, Michael Bolton said he was touring while doing DWTS. I can’t imagine he was able to give the show 100% of his attention like some of the contestants, so it’s kind of his own fault that he didn’t do better. Perhaps he shouldn’t have agreed to appear when his schedule was so tight if doing poorly was going to bother him so much. I thought he danced like a broken-down NFL player… or the astronaut from last season.

    I’d like to see them give Chelsie a good dancer so she can go far in the competition. I’ve only seen the show for three seasons, but she seems to get saddled with a lot of poor dancers, while people like Derek get handed a pre-trained celeb they can take to the finals.

  12. Last week, Michael Bolton said he was touring while doing DWTS. I can’t imagine he was able to give the show 100% of his attention like some of the contestants, so it’s kind of his own fault that he didn’t do better.

    Other people have had other stuff going on, and did better.

    I don’t think that Bruno was that rude. I mean Len was talking about the dance needing a pooper scooper. As for celebs not showing up because once and a while a judge is honest with them? I don’t think the show has to worry. What Bruno said wasn’t so nasty in a personal way, in any way shape or form. So I still don’t get Bolton’s hurt widdle feelings about it. But given how he seemed to act while rehearsing with Chelsie, I’m not surprised that’s how he acted.

    And celebs that are desperate enough to be on the show, aren’t going to stop being desperate enough to be on the show because one judge, one time didn’t sugar-coat how much someone sucked.

    AndI think that if most other people had gotten Bruno’s remark, they wouldn’t have thrown as big of a fit. I think it bespeaks more of Bolton, than of anything else. I knew I was right not to like him! Like the hair and “music” weren’t enough.

  13. Truthiness:
    09/29/2010 at 6:20 pm
    Bolton and Chelsie owe ME an apology as a viewer, for the bad danced and choreographed, number and the three minutes of my life I will never get back.

    Plus Bolton owes me a long overdue apology for his “music” and the years of the mullet. The whiner.

    I agree with that sentiment.

  14. No way, Jose! I’ve heard many blunt remarks coming from these judges & Bruno’s was no different. It’s Bolton’s bruised ego because his mom was in the audience. Dang, I wouldn’t even call it a dance; it was more of cat-and-dog chase. Even the dancing dog who starred on David Letteman can dance circles around him. Own it, Mr Bolton.

  15. Even the dancing dog who starred on David Letteman can dance circles around him. Own it, Mr Bolton.

    That dancing dog is definitely better than Bolton!

  16. Michael was pretty bad. He should apologize to the viewers and judges for us having to watch such an awful performance. It was painful to see. Bruno is usually very nice, but I can see why even he couldn’t hold back. He’s lucky to have gotten a 3. Could’ve gotten a minus 5.

  17. I don’t think Bruno owes an apology. But…. I loved Michael Bolton’s expression of his opinion. Yeah, that was nice.

  18. Sometimes the judges get a little meaner with certain sucky celebrities and use kid gloves with others so it’s not always fair. But has Michael Bolton ever seen himself dance before the show? He must have been prepared to possibly maybe hear how much he sucks unless he’s totally delusional. Sorry Bolton, you’re on your own on this one.

  19. The dancing is really bad. So what Bruno said though mean is a reality check for Bolton that he cannot dance.
    If Bolton want to prove a point that he can do better, he can train hard and later show it to all America when he will dance once again at the finale result. Or maybe he won’t show up .

  20. The positive thing for Michael to do is to work his butt off to give Chelsie something to work at for the finale. I think Bruno went just a little bit too far and this could discourage some other celebs from wanting to be on the show. Good PR would have had Bruno presenting milder words or even a slight apology.

  21. soccerboi:
    09/29/2010 at 6:45 pm

    Bolton and Chelsie owe ME an apology as a viewer, for the bad danced and choreographed, number and the three minutes of my life I will never get back.

    ^^THIS!

    I think the other two judges owe all the contestants an apology for over scoring Bolton. He deserved a 3 from all 3 judges. Hell if I was scoring him I would have given him a 1.

    I totally agree with both of you.

  22. I don’t think Bruno owes Michael an apology. He wasn’t being mean, he gave his honest critique of the performance, which was piss-poor all-around.

    You know, I’ve never had a great opinion of Michael Bolton, and this just confirms for me that he’s a self-important diva.

  23. You can’t force an apology. I thought maybe Bruno would apologize on his own, and was surprised when he didn’t. He did cross a line I felt. The other judges have apologized before and why can’t he? He’s my favorite judge but he was extremely rude to MB. MB is a terrible dancer, but there have been other terrible dancers on the show, and the judges have never been as rude as Bruno was last week. It was unnecessarily mean-spirited imo.

    I’ve seen the judges be very kind to some very bad dancers in the past. Too kind, I sometimes felt. And once in awhile they were too rude, but they always apologized later and were nice to the person the next night. Really, if they start being that rude to bad dancers, a lot of celebrities might not even want to be on the show and expose themselves to that.

  24. If Bolton want to prove a point that he can do better, he can train hard and later show it to all America when he will dance once again at the finale result

    What would that do? Based on what I’m reading here, the damage is done. If most everyone thinks Bolton is a self-absorbed divo with an inflated ego, then 90 seconds at the grand finale isn’t going to change the overall meme, IMO.

    I agree with oceana–the DWTS judges tend to flip-flop a lot. They’ll go soft on some people, but then rip others to shreds. It can be confusing and make contestants wonder why someone is treated with kid gloves while someone else is walloped with an iron fist.

    No one is denying that Bolton’s dancing was BAD. And the 3 he got from Bruno was deserved. But the judges should be consistent and tactful with the criticism. Judge everyone with the same yardstick and don’t play favorites.

  25. I vote no apology. Bolton should get over himself. Some perspective and a sense of humor would help. He’s coming across as a spoiled child.

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