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.
“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?