March 30 was a double-whammy of a bad night for model Charlotte McKinney, who was not only eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars,” but also had to deal gracefully with a whopper of an insult from the mouth of feisty show judge Bruno Tonioli.
Following the stunning blonde’s third dance of the season, a rumba set to Shakira’s “Empire,” she faced the judges alongside pro partner Keo Motsepe to hear their critiques. Although the panelists were universally unimpressed with McKinney’s performance and chided her for not taking more of Motsepe’s instruction to heart, Tonioli took his commentary to an entirely different place when he insulted her intelligence, quipping “You’re never going to win the Nobel prize for quantum physics, but you are easy on the eyes and you produce wonderful shapes.”
Although Tonioli is known for his creative and often borderline inappropriate commentary, Twitterverse immediately rose up to chide the long-time “DWTS” judge for propagating the “dumb blonde” stereotype. Tweeter @ClaudeStefanian summed up the thoughts of many when she wrote “OUCH. Bruno’s comment to Charlotte McKinney. That critiques more than just her performance. #DWTS”
A clearly hurt McKinney commented on Tonioli’s words during a post-show interview with ExtraTV. After calling the remark “extremely uncalled for” and noting how it “came out of nowhere,” she said that she was disappointed that her anti-bullying message from week two’s package had apparently fallen upon deaf ears. She reiterated the comment during a March 31 appearance on “Good Morning America,” but added that she’d “heard it all,” and at the end of the day, she just had to “shake it off.”
Despite pressure from some fans to issue an apology, Tonioli has remained silent.
With Nastia Liukin –who may have an advantage over the rest of the competition thanks to her extensive training as a gymnast– and singer Riker Lynch atop the leader board, “Dancing with the Stars” season 20 will continue April 6 with a night performances inspired by the celebrities’ most memorable years. The show airs Monday nights on ABC, and will crown a 10th anniversary mirror ball trophy winner in late May.