‘Dancing with the Stars’ controversy: Julianne Hough denies body-shaming Amber Rose in passionate statement

“Any kind of body-shaming is the furthest thing from who I am and what I stand for,” said a passionate Julianne Hough to “Entertainment Tonight” following allegations that she body-shamed contestant Amber Rose on “Dancing with the Stars.” Hough continued, “I have been a strong proponent of female empowerment and an anti-bullying advocate for years and I take that very seriously.”

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How did we get here? You may remember that on this week’s performance show, Rose danced to Jennifer Lopez‘s “Booty” with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and ended up receiving negative feedback from Hough at the judge’s table. “I did feel body-shamed [by Hough’s ‘uncomfortable’ comment],” Rose revealed on her podcast, which led Hough to release her statement today. Whose side are you on? Vote in our new poll below.

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This is hardly the first “DWTS” controversy of Season 23. Olympian swimmer Ryan Lochte had to be protected by security when protesters stormed the stage in the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars.” They were mad over Lochte’s prior reports that he was robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, which turned out to be lies.

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Who’s heading home next week? Gold Derby readers just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your forecasts throughout the week, just click “Save” when you’ve settled on your choices. You’ll compete to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, bragging rights and a place of honor on our leaderboard. Our racetrack odds change as you make your predictions, just as they do when you bet on the Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes and more. Be sure to read our contest rules and sound off on the season of “Dancing with the Stars” in our reality TV forum.

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