‘Dancing with the Stars’ judge Carrie Ann Inaba is being ‘bullied’ by fans

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Carrie Ann Inaba tells it like it is, and won’t be stopping anytime soon.

The “Dancing with the Stars” judge said she was cyberbullied for her pointed critique of Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev’s jive performance on Nov. 2.

“I still get bullied,” she said Tuesday on “The Talk,” where she’s a co-host. “Right about this time is when people start to bully me because of the way I judge people. I can’t believe it still happens as adults.”

Many fans took issue with the judge docking Bristowe and Chigvintsev points this week due to what she considered an illegal lift during their routine.

“I want to tell people who bully,” she went on. “‘It doesn’t make me change the way I judge. I’m not about to change because you try to bully me. It only makes me stand stronger in my convictions and what I believe in.’”



A dancer herself, the former “In Living Color” fly girl added, “Just so you all know, for all of you trying to bully me about it, I judge the way I judge from my background. That is my job to do it and I will always do it based on my own conscience, not because you’re trying to tell me what to do.”

Chigvintsev also expressed frustration with Inaba’s recent critiques, telling ET, “At this point, it starts being a little personal … I feel it’s definitely, maybe not a different standard, but I feel like it’s different expectations,” he expressed on Monday night. “I don’t know. I’m watching back the dance itself, it’s like, ‘Oh, you can kick sharper!’ Well, I can say that about everybody who dances on the show today. I don’t know. It’s really odd.”

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