Carrie-Ann Inaba gave Jane Seymour’s partner Tony the finger after he gave her a rule book

Behind the scenes, Jane Seymour’s dance partner criticized Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba as a result of her recent calls about whether or not Jane’s feet came off the ground during certain lifts, and that criticism prompted Carrie Ann to give him the finger, he says.

“She does not understand what ballroom dancing is. She’s never done it herself,” Tony Dovolani tells People. “She’s the inappropriate judge to pick on the lifts. She does not have a ballroom background. … She really comes from the hip-hop world. While we have the utmost respect for her as a dancer–it’s not as a ballroom dancer. … Because she does not know anything about ballroom, I figured she should at least read the rule book. I highlighted the parts I wanted her to read including the description of what a lift is.”

When he gave her the highlighted rule book on Oct. 16, Tony says Carrie Ann “laughed about it and gave me the finger. I thought it was a very ladylike gesture. I laughed because I thought I hit home. And then I paid for it this week because … we got the lowest score from her.”

People reports that “a source close to the judge says both the rule book presentation and the gesture never happened” and noted “that the official rule book for the show is different than the rule book for ballroom dancing.”

Tony Dovolani Takes on Dancing’s Carrie Ann Inaba [People]

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