Forget the celebrity contestants, everyone was talking about Bruno Tonioli this week on Dancing with the Stars! Bruno and Michael Bolton had a war of words on Monday that ultimately resulted in Michael getting eliminated on Tuesday night’s results show.
Bruno refused to apologize for telling Michael he has the “worst jive” he’s seen in 11 seasons, and DWTS producers stood by his side. And now DWTS co-host Brooke Burke is defending the outspoken judge.
“I think the judges are always harsh. As a contestant because I have been there it is never easy to hear criticism whether it’s good or whether it’s bad,” Brooke told Hollyscoop at Variety’s 2nd Annual Power of Women Luncheon.
“I messed up my jive, I forgot my routine. I got the lowest score in history in the semi-final and it was humiliating,” she added.
“It was like the world stopped when I was out there and couldn’t find my way back into the dance. I completely get it and felt so bad for Michael, but at the same time Michael had an opportunity to address it, which was a great opportunity that you don’t always get on live television. He had 20 seconds to speak his mind and speak directly to Bruno, so good for him.
Brooke says she hasn’t directly spoken to Bruno since the incident happened but admits he’s had a great sense of humor about the whole thing.
“I haven’t spoke to Bruno,” she told Hollyscoop. “I think Bruno has a sense of humor and I think it was dramatized and it’s the talk of the press right now. I hope they both can find a way to move past this.”
But one thing she said you shouldn’t expect from him is for him to tone down his comments and behavior. “That is part of what we love about Bruno, I guess you can always go back and do things differently.”
If Michael is still waiting for an apology, he’s going to be very disappointed. But Brooke hopes that if anything, DWTS was a great learning experience for him. “I really hope that it’s not about receiving the apology it’s such a learning experience for me to dance on the show. I hope that Michael can find something positive. He’s such a gentlemen and it was really unfortunate they way that he left.”
Do you think Michael deserves an apology from Bruno? Or should he have stayed home if he didn’t want to face criticism?