Singer Michael Bolton has demanded U.S. TV judge Bruno Tonioli publicly apologise for harsh comments he made about the crooner on Monday night's (27Sep10) Dancing With The Stars show.
The choreographer ripped into the When a Man Loves a Woman singer after his performance with professional dance partner Chelsie Hightower, insisting it was the "worst jive" he had seen in 11 seasons of the hit programme.
Bolton was visibly shaken up by the criticism and didn't even hang around to speak to the press after he was voted off the show on Tuesday night (28Sep10).
And now he's demanding Tonioli apologises to him and Hightower.
He says, "To me, he let everybody down. I think he should apologise publicly and he should be reprimanded.
"My mom was there, she flew in, she's 90 and she came to see a show and I thought she was really gonna enjoy it and I just didn't expect that level of disrespect from him."
But the show's producers insist they're not pressuring the judge to say sorry.
A statement reads, "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. While we respect the feelings of our celebrities and our dancers, we don’t feel Bruno should be expected to apologize for doing his job."