Given the negative reaction to those boos heard during last night’s telecast of Dancing With the Stars, the producers will go the extra mile during this evening’s telecast and show that the crowd was directing their disdain toward the judges, not the visiting Sarah Palin. Many viewers apparently misunderstood that the boos were meant for Palin, who had attended the show to watch her daughter Bristol and was later interviewed on camera by host Tom Bergeron.
Bergeron told EW today that the audience actually had a bone to pick with the judges and the scores they gave Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough. “We are going to show footage from another camera angle. Thank God we had a camera on the grassy knoll!” quips Bergeron. “You’ll see the judges basically taking on the audience. They were upset that they gave Jennifer Grey an 8.
“It was sort of the ballroom equivalent of the Shirley Sherrod tape,” added Bergeron, in reference to the Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture who was forced to resign after video excerpts of her NAACP speech went viral. “It was taken out of context. I can see how people made that assumption. That’s the great thing about live TV. You never know what’s going to happen. As innocuous as it may be, sitting down and talking to the mom of one of the contestants, regardless of her notoriety, it’s turned into this major imbroglio. You gotta love that!”
Bergeron doesn’t regret taking the time to chat up Bristol’s mom, however. “I think it was worth the time to talk to Sarah. Politics aside, she’s charming. I was talking to her as a dad to a mom. You’d have to be crazy to have one of the most recognizable personalities in your audience and not take a moment to talk to her.”
That’s not the only clarification that Stars will offer up this evening. Bergeron plans to give judge Bruno Tonioli the opportunity to amend — or take back — his negative comments about Michael Bolton. (Tonioli told the singer last night that he performed the worst jive in 11 seasons.) Bolton and partner Chelsie Hightower earned 12 out of a possible 30 points and appear to be prime candidates for elimination this evening. “That was over the top,” Bergeron said about Tonioli’s critique. “It’s one thing to criticize someone’s dance, but Bruno deserved to be chastised by Len. It’s a widespread sentiment.”