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'Dancing With the Stars' producers on Bruno Tonioli's comments about Michael Bolton: Let the man speak!

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bolton-and-hightowerImage Credit: Adam Larkey/ABC; Bob D’Amico/ABCThe producers of Dancing With the Stars today attempted to put the kibosh on any lingering resentment over Bruno Tonioli and his critique of contestant Michael Bolton (whom the judge accused on Monday of performing “probably the worst jive” in the show’s history). They released the following statement: “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. While we respect the feelings of our celebrities and our dancers, we don’t feel Bruno should be expected to apologize for doing his job.”

During Tuesday’s elimination episode, Bolton expressed his disappointment backstage with co-host Brooke Burke by saying, “I think Bruno was inappropriate and disrespectful.” Even host Tom Bergeron told EW on Tuesday that Tonioli’s comments were ”over-the-top” and that “it’s one thing to criticize someone’s dance, but Bruno deserved to be chastised by Len.” Bergeron said he was going to give Tonioli a chance to amend his comments last night, but it never happened.

Ultimately, Tonioli’s assessment echoed what the viewers were feeling: The singer was voted off the show on Tuesday.

For more on Bolton’s exit:

Dancing with the Stars recap: Dog gone

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