April 3rd, 2013
09:35 AM ET

War of words continues on 'DWTS'

Tuesday may have been an elimination night on "Dancing with the Stars," but the focus was again on the feud between D.L. Hughley and judge Len Goodman.

Hughley took Goodman to task while speaking with CNN after Monday night's show, accusing the Brit of being a "coward and a bully" for continuing to criticize his Monday salsa, and not allowing him to defend himself. (You can hear what Goodman said to Hughley, as well as the comic's reaction, by watching the video above.)

Lost amid the feuding and fussing was the departure of Wynonna Judd from the show. The country star's flat, mannequin-esque samba from Monday sealed her fate after fan voting.

Surprisingly, Hughley was nowhere to be found when the lowest-voted celebs were announced. Andy Dick joined Judd in the bottom two, while Lisa Vanderpump was "in jeopardy."

So what does one make of the Hughley-Goodman fight? Hughley is not the first contestant to express disdain with the way the judges speak to the celebrities (Hope Solo and Chaz Bono come to mind), and he certainly won't be the last.

As for Goodman, he's getting paid to portray the "angry, stuffy Brit" on national television. And for ABC, which has seen ratings for Monday's performance episodes drop around 30 percent in the key 18-49 demo since the March 25 premiere, any publicity is good publicity. So why not encourage Hughley and Goodman to verbally duke it out for viewers?

What do you think of Hughley and Goodman's war of words, and did the right celebrity go home last night?

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  1. renzii

    I think that the problem is not whether or not Len had the right to criticise DL in the way that he did. DL agreed to perform and be judged. Len signed up to judge.
    The problem is not even the fact that DL lacks musicality, rhythm and flexibility.
    The real issue is that the judges are not making any attempt to help him improve even though it appears obvious that he is willing to put in the time and effort. So that what might be humorous and witty if accompanied by constructive criticism and advice, becomes harsh and derogatory, and hurtful.

    April 4, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. mmi16

    Len is Simon Cowell for the dance crowd. 'nuff said.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. minnie

    D L can't dance. If he doesn't go home next week. Goodman just wants to keep him so he can have a sparring partner.

    April 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    Wow, what a crappy show. This is an example of everything that is wrong with America.

    April 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perfectlyaged

      Len needs to be sent home to his new wife and never let him judge on DWTS ever again. He is a crotchety old man and should not be on DWTS as a judge!!!!!!! If Len is still a judge next season...my "Old Ladies" club will boycott DWTS!

      April 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob N. Ferapples

    DWTS? Pat, I would like to buy a vowel.

    April 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    I have always FANTACIZED about competing on DWTS, because I’m well known as somewhat of a “toe-tapper”who is “light in the loafers.”

    April 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    Hey, it's me, John, never initiating my own opinion, just piggybacking onto the remarks of others so I can make my own smug, condescending comments. Yes, I'm a loser and a tool, I will admit that. I also like men, so maybe I'll go blog on that article about Magic Johnson's gay son for awhile.

    April 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kathy

    I stopped watching this piece of crap show the year they put that stompin cow Palin on and praised her for weeks when she was just awful. SHow is done...exit...stage left..

    April 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You say that proudly, yet here you are. Kind of sad if you're here blathering on about your opinion yet you neither enjoy the show nor even watch it.

      April 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |

    Middle Finger...I know everyone gaga all i now have too do is hit forward key

    April 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Baby-Daddy

    Kim Kardashian is a fat cow. MOO!

    April 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Entertainment Business Tool

    you have too take the good with the bad.....just like everyone else does....

    April 3, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mary Jane

    i believe if the judges kept it the same for all contestants it would be different but they seem to be harder on DL when there are other dancers that are just as bad, or worse and they don't have the same harsh words for them. I find that some of the words used are very disrespectful. I love Wynona Judd but her dancing was atrocious but you did not see them speak to her the way they do to DL, so they should at least be consistent, if nothing else

    April 3, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. SH!THOUSE Poet

    There once was a fart deep within,
    who thought that to stay was a sin.
    So he tunneled about,
    till he found a way out,
    as I silently sat with a grin.

    April 3, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • and that fart was cousin vito...

      we fart in phones by the way–you were told that 2 million times

      April 3, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. M.A.P.

    Stupid show, stupid contestants.

    April 3, 2013 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • M.O.P.

      And a stupid comment simply because you obviously care enough to be here and comment at all.

      April 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      That was me - ha ha! I fooled you all! See how I changed my name to M.O.P. as a play on the name M.A.P.? I am so clever! No wonder my boyfriend WORSHIPS me!

      April 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cry Baby

    I think the problem is that the celebrities are not used to people talking "real" to them. Goodman is a dance judge. If you're dancing is less than par, it's his job to say so. It's "his" show, so if you can't take the criticism, stay off of the dance floor.

    April 3, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Cry Baby (again)

      I should have said, "if your dancing"... rather than "if you're dancing".

      April 3, 2013 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • You are (you're) forgiven

      at least you know the difference between those two words, unlike a large percentage of idiots who comment here.

      April 3, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  16. Wear 2 bikini bottoms, ladies --

    when you go to the beach. Keeps the sand out of yer hoo haw, and we all know how miserable that can be.

    April 3, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  17. Ted


    Happy Spring Break time.

    April 3, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  18. who cares

    it's a stupid show for idiots. anyone who comments to the contrary is a complete idiot.

    April 3, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      What is stupid is someone who takes the time to comment on a show she doesn't even watch. THAT'S stupid.

      April 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • who cares

      ladies and gentlemen, the first complete idiot has just chimed in above ↑

      April 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chip Douglas

      Um, have you seen the hot babes wearing almost nothing? Those dance bodies are hot, hot, hot. So I guess I'm an idiot, guilty as charged.

      April 5, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |

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