Tom Bergeron is opening up about one of many greatest errors he made whereas internet hosting Dancing with the Stars — and it includes Simone Biles.
After Biles, 26, danced together with her accomplice, Sasha Farber, throughout season 24 of the fact present in 2017, the duo came to visit to obtain suggestions from the judges, Bergeron, 68, recalled on Cheryl Burke’s “Intercourse, Lies and Spray Tans” podcast episode launched on Monday, October 16.
Bergeron famous that judges Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman’s feedback have been a “little harsh” whereas Carrie Ann Inaba was “very complimentary.” Bergeron claimed that the DWTS producer mentioned in his ear, “‘Wow, she’s not even smiling at Carrie Ann’s compliments.’”
“So as a substitute of claiming ‘Simone, what’s your response to the judges’ feedback? Now Carrie Ann was complimentary and the opposite two much less so.’ As an alternative of claiming that, I had that final thought from [the producer] in my head and I went ‘I observed you didn’t smile,’” Bergeron recalled. “Now what lady desires to listen to a man say, ‘Hey sweetheart, smile!’”
Biles famously clapped again at his remark by saying: “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.”
“I used to be so correctly put in my place,” Bergeron instructed Burke, 39, of the second, including that Biles went on to have a T-shirt made with the quote. “I stood subsequent to her wanting very sheepish whereas she wore that great shirt and we put that on social media and all the pieces. However that was one time after I wished I had taken a beat, translated what I heard in my ear and put it in my very own phrases.”
The gold medalist didn’t take house the mirrorball trophy (now renamed because the Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy to honor the late choose), ending in fourth place. On the time, Biles opened up completely to Us Weekly following her surprising elimination and known as the expertise “a bit scary.”
Throughout his candid chat with Burke, who was a professional on the present for 26 seasons, Bergeron additionally recalled a controversial remark relating to Witney Carson after certainly one of her performances throughout season 25 of the present.
Bergeron defined that after the dance, the 29-year-old’s accomplice, Frankie Muniz, mentioned he “misplaced management of Witney as a result of he couldn’t hold the steps up.”
“I mentioned one thing, ‘Properly you’re not the primary man to say that,’” he defined, noting that Carson is Mormon. “It received a pant within the viewers and I instantly thought, ‘OK, shouldn’t have mentioned that.’”
Bergeron hosted DWTS from the present’s premiere to season 28 and was changed by Tyra Banks for season 29. Banks has since departed the present with Julianne Hough returning to cohost alongside Alfonso Ribeiro.