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"Dancing with Stars" boots Michael Bolton; 17 mil tune in

[Updated with producers' response to Michael Bolton's demand for apology, and updated ratings]

Dear Michael Bolton,

I'm sorry to report that 17.3 million people watched you get kicked to the curb so cruelly on "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday night.

I wish more Americans had seen you denounce show judge Bruno Tonioli for having behaved in a "disrespectful" and "inappropriate" fashion in the presence of Your Royal Michael Bolton-ness, for having pronounced your jive the worst he'd ever seen on the show. What kind of a world do we live in, where 18.5 million people tune in to see a two-bit hack like David Hasselhoff tossed off a dance competition, but only slightly more than 17 million come to hear you give Mr. Tonioli the dressing down he so richly deserves?

We had hoped this week's numbers would be bigger, given that show host Tom Bergeron had promised the broadcast would "put the final nail in the coffin" of Boo-Gate." Because while, yes, Boo-Gate had nothing to do with you and your Michael Bolton-ness, it was a mildly interesting controversy over whether all that booing you heard when you were sequestered with the other dancers in the Postmortem Chamber during Monday's performance show had been directed at Sarah Palin, who was in the audience to support for her daughter, or at Tonioli and the other judges.

On the other hand, Mr. Bolton, your shocking departure was seen by nearly 5 million more people than had watched the second round of elimination on the dance competition series last fall.

The TV Column

P.S. I spoke to people involved with the show in re your post-booting suggestion to the media that Mr. Tonioli should be reprimanded for the way he addressed you on the show. I have enclosed the producers' response:

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 dancers, we don't feel Bruno should be expected to apologize for doing his job.

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 29, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  Dancing With the Stars  
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We still all agree that the crowd was booing Palin, though. Right?

Posted by: IAmATVJunkieDotCom | September 29, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious Lisa!

Posted by: Washington Post Editors | September 29, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The crowd WAS booing Palin

Posted by: BenThere | September 30, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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