Michael Bolton thinks Bruno Tonioli “should be reprimanded” for saying how much he sucked

After Michael Bolton’s jive dance on Dancing with the StarsMonday, which didn’t look like a dance at all, judge Bruno Tonioli said the singer did “very, very, very, badly” and had performed “the worst jive in 11 seasons.” Len Goodman disagreed, and so did Michael Bolton, who now wants a public apology from and a reprimand for Bruno because the judge dared to point out how awful his dancing actually was.

After being eliminated, Michael Bolton told Good Morning America, “I just didn’t expect that level of disrespect from him” and so Bruno “should apologize publicly and he should be reprimanded for it.”

Two professional dancers on the show agreed. Mark Ballas told People, “I was glad Michael said his piece like that, because no one should have to take that kind of beating. We’re all here trying to learn something new. If you don’t think we did great, fine — but give us some constructive feedback so we can walk away and work on it. Don’t just drag me through a hedge backwards and then carry me to the ground.” And Louis Van Amstel, told the magazine, “What I love is that Michael stood up for himself and said how disrespectful it was.”

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