Carrie-Ann-Inaba.jpg“Dancing With the Stars” had a bit of controversy this week. If you recall, on Monday (Oct. 24) judge Len Goodman called Hope Solo‘s dance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy their worst dance of the season. While trying to explain his critique, he mentioned that he’d been in the business for 50 years. Maks told him it might be time to retire, prompting judge Carrie Ann Inaba to get angry. She told Maks not to be disrespectful.

Well, Inaba has taken to Twitter to defend the judges. (She’s the only judge with a Twitter account.)

“FYI: Everyone has different abilities on DWTS,” she tweeted. “Every
journey is unique to each contestant and everyone’s ten looks slightly
different. Another FYI: I forgive you because you don’t know better-
scores are locked in before we speak. So we have scored before any words

Goodman made an appearance on “Access Hollywood” to give his own opinion. “I was a little bit aggrieved at the time, but now I’ve slept
on it, and I’m sure Maks has slept on it,” he said.
“What he’s saying is so untrue. I am the defender of all the pros, I
think all those professionals do a fantastic job.”

Zap2it was actually backstage that night, and we asked recently booted couple Lacey Schwimmer and her partner Chaz Bono (who felt that judge Bruno Tonioli‘s statements about Chaz looking like a penguin were bullying) about whether or not the dancers have the opportunity to speak to the judges after blowups like this. She said it wasn’t allowed. 

Who’s side are you on? Are the judges getting mean or are they just doing their job? Weigh in below.

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