Booted ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ contestant Michael Bolton is speaking out on the harsh, hurtful comments he received from judge Bruno Tonioli, who said the singer performed “the worst jive in 11 seasons.”
“Bruno should search his soul for what he is doing on that show,” Bolton said after the controversy blew up this week.
In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bolton said, “It is fairly unanimous that that Bruno crossed a line that was inappropriate and disrespectful beyond his responsibility to the show by most of the people who chimed in, by most of the people who are on the show, and to even Len [Goodman], who is the toughest judge, who actually stopped him in the middle of the tirade and told him what he was saying was inappropriate and unnecessary.”
ABC issued a statement defending the outspoken judge, who has since refused to say he was sorry, even after Bolton asked for a public apology.
“I don’t wish to pressure the show … I don’t blame them,” Bolton said. “Nor do I wish ABC to put any pressure on him. I think it’s a personal epiphany [Bruno] may have to have,” says Bolton. “I asked for it in one interview and I felt he should express a public apology to me. I think asking once is enough, and I don’t want my friends, fans and supporters to ask for it. It is what it is.”
Do you think Bolton is overreacting? Or is Bruno completely out of line?