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Michael Bolton can complain about how rude "Dancing With the Stars" judge Bruno Tonioli was to him, but the show's producers are siding with their expert.
updated 9/29/2010 6:16:26 PM ET 2010-09-29T22:16:26

Michael Bolton won't be getting an apology from "Dancing with the Stars" judge Bruno Tonioli — not if the show's producers have anything to do with it.

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ABC released a statement from the show's producers on Wednesday defending the sharp-tongued Tonioli, who bashed Bolton's dancing on Monday's night's show. After Bolton's Tuesday night elimination, the singer demanded an apology.

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"Bruno's role as a judge is to give his honest opinions on the quality of the dances he's judging, which is what he did in this case," the producers say.

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"While we respect the feelings of our celebrities and dancers, we don't feel Bruno should be expected to apologize for doing his job."

"I was disappointed with Bruno," the ousted Bolton, 57, said Wednesday morning. (The judge said he performed "the worst" jive in 11 years.) "I just didn't expect that level of disrespect from him."

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