Dancing With the Stars Premiere Countdown: Security on High Alert For Chaz Bono Haters

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Dancing With the Stars is set to kick off its 13th season in a matter of hours, and ABC is on high alert for "crazies" who have a thing against Chaz Bono.

Given the surprising backlash against the transgendered star's casting, network execs and producers are taking no chances for Monday night's premiere.

There have not been any credible, specific threats against Chaz Bono, TMZ reports, but the unprecedented level of hatred and controversy he's generated are no joke.

Chaz Bono Head Shot

Until further notice, Chaz will be given extra security while he's on the CBS Television City lot, where the show is filmed, and off the premises as well.

This isn't the first time DWTS has had to deal with security issues - there were several incidents with Bristol Palin - but it may be the most serious.

It's good to hear ABC will do whatever it takes to keep Chaz safe. Shielding the public from his bad dance moves, however, is a whole 'nother story.

What are your thoughts on Chaz going Dancing With the Stars?

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Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente