The Biggest ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Controversies and Drama

In 2016, Amber Rose called out one of the judges, who she felt had body-shamed her.

Amber Rose and Julianne Hough later apologized for the miscommunication.

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Amber Rose was left with a bitter taste in her mouth after Julianne Hough’s critique of her week-three samba on season 23.

“Last night was like, they did the commentary, and I, it was a point in the dance where I had to lift my leg up and Maks [Chmerkovskiy] dipped me and [Julianne] said, ‘Oh, I’m uncomfortable,’ and instantly I felt, I did feel body-shamed,” said Rose on her radio show, “Loveline with Amber Rose.”

“You know, all the beautiful professional dancers that are on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ I mean they dress very sexy and they do the splits and they grind up on these guys and they look absolutely stunning and get a standing ovation,” Rose continued. “And me, and my body, my hips, my ass, my breasts made her uncomfortable.”

Rose later apologized to Hough saying, ” … When you said that ‘I felt very embarrassed’ I felt like you weren’t talking about the dance. But if I misunderstood, then I apologize. I’m a very positive person, I don’t like to argue or bicker or make things weird.”

Hough said she accepted Rose’s apology and she also clarified her initial comments, saying she was only speaking about the dance, not Rose’s body. 

“The thing that I love so much about dance is that dance is a universal platform for people to express themselves — any person. Whether that is age or height, body shape, ethnicity, sexual orientation,” Hough added. 

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