Chaz Bono: Not Bitter at Dancing With the Stars!

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Chaz Bono did not leave Dancing With the Stars on the best of terms.

He and partner Lacey Schwimmer were fired up after their performance this week, with the usually reserved duo saying the judges' comments were "disrespectful."

They weren't complaining about the scoring that left them in last, but in particular to the way Bruno Tonioli compared Bono to a cute, fluffy penguin in his critique.

But after Chaz Bono's elimination became official, he gave a really nice farewell speech, and it seemed he and Schwimmer had put any hard feelings behind them.

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer Pic

"I was quite angry," Bono, 42, said. "But I feel really good today. I'm not leaving the show bitter or angry. I'm grateful for Lacey and everybody I worked with on the show. It was a wonderful, life-changing experience. I'm so glad I did it."

Some people suspected World Cup soccer star Hope Solo could have been voted off based on her low score on Monday night and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy's outburst at Len Goodman - but not Bono and Schwimmer.

"After the judges' comments and the scores last night, it was kind of no question [it would be us]," Schwimmer said. "It was almost as if they set it up."

Justified or not, Chaz is watching from the sidelines now, but he lasted six strong weeks, five longer than a lot of people (including himself) expected.

What do you think: Should he have been voted off?


I have better things to do with my time than to watch that crap

Maryanne gaeta

First of all, i do like Chaz Bono, but for God sake, this dude cannot dance, and it was his time to be let for Bruno making the comment about the penquin, yeah that was harsh, but when your on dwts you should come prepared for critiques from the judges, and if you can't take it, stay the frig home......nuf said....

Benjamin arrowood

I always thought that Bruno should have been fired after his incident with Michael Bolton. I used to like Carrie Ann until she went on Access Hollywood and defended Bruno's and Len's behavior. Now, I think that all 3 of them should be fired and replaced and Len needs to get off of the Viagra.


Bruno's comments were hurtful, uncalled for and totally disrespectful. This was not the first time for this kind of outburst relating to a celebrity . It was my understanding that the whole premise of the show was to showcase the growth of the celebrity. While it's true that he does not compare to JR or Ricky Lake he's come a long way baby. I give Chaz a big thumbs up.


Chaz Bono should not have been on this show. The only reason he was there was as a curiosity. He couldn't dance well, and shouldn't take umbrage at not being given special treatment for being trandgendered. Thousands of better dancers put up with far more "disrespectful" treatment at auditions and rehearsals.

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