Carrie Ann Inaba doesn’t apologize for the way she judges Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) contestants despite being bullied on social media.
“The Talk” co-host shared on the daytime talk show this week that viewers were not pleased with her “harsh judging” of contestant Kaitlyn Bristowe and pro dancer Artem Chigvintsev.
“I still get bullied. Right about this time is when people start to bully me because of the way I judge people,” Inaba said. “I can’t believe it still happens as adults.”
Though she doesn’t like the treatment, Inaba says she will not switch up her style.
“I want to tell people who bully,” she said, “‘it doesn’t make me change the way I judge. I’m not about to change because you try to bully me. It only makes me stand stronger in my convictions and what I believe in.”
Inaba, who has good reason to judge the ways she does, says it is because of career experience as a dancer.
“Just so you all know, for all of you trying to bully me about it, I judge the way I judge from my background,” she said. “That is my job to do it and I will always do it based on my own conscience, not because you’re trying to tell me what to do.”
The onset of bullying came from Inaba points deduction of Bristowe and Chigvintsev’s performance because Bristowe didn’t complete a routine lift.
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“Dancing with the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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