Who could have guessed going into this season of Dancing With the Stars that all the major talk would turn to the judges? At least, that’s the case this week as the judges, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli in particular, have come under fire from Maksim Chmerkovskiy and eliminated contestant Chaz Bono.
While fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba isn’t catching as much flak, she defended the others during a visit to Access Hollywood on Wednesday. On the subject of Bono — who told Good Morning America during a post-elimination interview that he took offense to Tonioli’s referred to him as “a basketball, a penguin, an Ewok,” and thinks the show treats overweight men differently — Inaba said, “The scoring has to do with what they’re doing dance-wise. We are able to separate the two.” Watch the full clip below:
Inaba, who noted there have been a lot of “sensitive issues” this season, said she found Bono was treated the same as his other DWTS contestants (adding Tonioli’s comments were not meant to be “negative or derogatory”) and believes the judges have been “pretty kind in general” this year.
As far as the ongoing battle between Goodman and Chmerkovskiy, Inaba saw it as a “very awkward moment … it just taken the wrong way” and reacted to Chmerkovskiy’s declaration that it’s his show. She said with a laugh, “That is what I came here to say.”