September 30, 2010

DWTS Producers: Bruno Tonioli Shouldn't Apologize to Michael Bolton

Posted: 03:13 PM ET


Michael Bolton won't be getting an apology from Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli - not if the show's producers have anything to do with it.

ABC released a statement from the show's producers on Wednesday defending the sharp-tongued Tonioli - who bashed Bolton's dancing on Monday night's show. After Bolton's Tuesday night elimination, the singer demanded an apology.

"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," the producers say.

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

"I was disappointed with Bruno," the ousted Bolton, 57, said Wednesday morning. (The judge said he performed "the worst" jive in 11 years.) "I just didn't expect that level of disrespect from him."


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Leona F. Dempsey   September 30th, 2010 3:28 pm ET

I think that Bruno Tonioli should find more respectful words to do his job. No one who goes on National Television should be subject to such disrespectful comments. Anyone who is educated knows that in order to do a good critique, respect for the person being critiqued is an essential. Please refer Bruno to the web. He should use the keyword "critique" to discover many fine examples on how to do a critique

Mary Lingnau   September 30th, 2010 6:14 pm ET

Bruno is right Mr. Bolton CANNOT dance but luckily he can sing.
I think Bruno was right when he said it was the worse he had ever

M. Lingnau
Whitby Ontario Canada

Charles   September 30th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

@Mary Lingnau,
So you're saying you would have used those words? We'll hope you're not a teacher.

AWMessenger   September 30th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

Bolton is a sore loser. That's too bad, you know? It's dance!!! We aren't talking about losing the Super Bowl or something, gracious.

Muffet Rowe   October 1st, 2010 10:03 am ET

I think that Mr. Bolton got paid quite a large sum of money to perform and bring his name back into the public arena which only promotes his agenda on his current tour. What he doesn't seem to understand is that his attitude is what turned people off from voting for him. He came off as an egotistic superstar. I used to love Michael Bolton. Now I see that he is a pre-madonna who cannot laugh at himself.
He's the one who should work on his words – the spoken kind. He CAN'T DANCE. If he had made a comment like, "Ok, I can't dance, but I hope you still like my singing," he may have stayed in the competition a little longer. He dug his own exit shoot by being such a whinner.

And after his reaction, I really don't care to hear him sing anymore. He put his own truth out there, and it is off putting. A star only shines when it shines, Mr. Bolton.

Judity   October 1st, 2010 2:43 pm ET

Michael Bolton is a legend, but he must have known he can't dance before he accepted the gig. I'm hoping this will keep other stars from going on the show if they know perfectly well they have 2 left feet. Doesn't DWTS audition these people?? Why is it necessary to have 2 or 3 each season who look like idiots out there? One of these years, I'd like to see 12 dancers with real potential battle it out!

Peg   October 2nd, 2010 6:41 pm ET

Can Bruno Sing ? Maybe Michael Bolton could comment on Bruno's voice

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