<p><span></span>Though <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=chaz bono&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Chaz Bono</strong></a> felt bullied by judge <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=bruno tonioli&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Bruno Tonioli</strong></a> throughout his run on <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=dancing with the stars&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><em>Dancing With The Stars</em></a>, he took the high road after his elimination on Tuesday, Oct. 25.</p>
Given the chance to snipe back at Bruno -- who called him an "Ewok" and a "penguin" -- Chaz demurred, telling Life & Style, "I don't have to wake up and be Bruno tomorrow, I get to wake up and be me."
Transgender Chaz -- who received death threats when it was announced that he would appear on the hit ABC show -- said he was proud of his performance, regardless of Bruno's jibes.
"I learned that I was capable of so much more than I thought I was," he tells Life & Style.
Chaz's dance partner, Lacey Schwimmer, though, didn't let the judges off so easy, after they awarded the pair just 19 points for their tango on the Oct. 24 show.
"I think they need to focus on actually judging dancing skills rather than a personality or the look," Lacey tells Life & Style. "The judges and comments and scores kind of set it all up [for us to be eliminated in the public vote]."
As Life & Style previously reported, Maksim Chmerkovskiy was the first to say that the judges bully the contestants. This was after Maks got into a war of words with judge Len Goodman after he called his and partner Hope Solo's rumba number as their "worst dance of the season" on Monday night's episode.
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