Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba is used to judging contestants, but she is having a difficult time when she and her fellow judges, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, are the ones being judged.
Recently-eliminated contestant Chaz Bono went on Good Morning America and said that overweight men are treated differently on the show and he was hurt when Tonioli called him, “a basketball, a penguin, an Ewok.”
While Inaba admitted there were some “sensitive issues” on this year’s DWTS, she told Access Hollywood that his comments were not meant to be “negative or derogatory” and the judges have been “pretty kind” this year.
“The scoring has to do with what they’re doing dance-wise. We are able to separate the two,” she said.
She also defended Goodman on his war of words with dancing pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who lashed out at the judge after he told them that his rumba with Hope Solo was the worst dance of the season. Maskim also declared that DWTS was “his show.” Inaba admits it was a “very awkward moment… it was just taken the wrong way.”
Inaba also took to her Facebook to defend the judges, writing:
“Just want to send out RESPECT and LOVE to everyone who works on #DWTS. It’s a group effort through and through. I’m sorry for the disrespect all our crew and staff were shown last night. A Television Show is made by not only the people ON CAMERA but the exceptional people who are behind the scenes, making everything just right so that when on camera talent steps on to the stage, it’s safe and sound… and just right. Thank you to everyone who works on #DWTS!”