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Dancing With The Stars: Maksim Chmerkovskiy Calls Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Comments ‘Unnecessary & Insensitive’

May 09, 2010 01:00 PM by Nancy Floyd

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The View‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck publicly apologized this week for attacking ESPN correpondent Erin Andrews’ costume choices on ABC‘s Dancing With the Stars, but that’s not enough for Andrews’ partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. He’s speaking out about Hasselbeck’s “unnecessary and insensitive” comments and how Andrews reacted when she first heard them. Keep reading for more details…

The View‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck stirred up controversy this week by attacking Erin Andrews’ wardrobe selections on ABC‘s Dancing With the Stars, in light of Andrews recent Peeping Tom incident. Hasselbeck has since apologized for the remarks, but Andrew’s DWTS partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy isn’t ready to let her off the hook so easily. He speaks out about the comments, saying, “They were just unnecessary and insensitive, simple as that.”

“I’m the first person to say that everybody has the right to an opinion. I’m clearly one of the most opinionated people, but it’s one thing to criticize to somebody’s job and it’s another to make personal and dangerous attacks. I think in her apology Elisabeth said that it was meant to be a joke. I don’t think that’s good enough. There are some things you just don’t joke about. Something that was so detrimental to Erin and her family for the past year should not be joked about,” Chmerkovskiy says about Hasselbeck’s remarks towards Andrews.

The dance pro also addresses how his Dancing With the Stars partner reacted when she heard what Hasselbeck said. “We all read her comments together late Tuesday. My first reaction was, ‘What?!’ Then I turned to Erin and she was all teary-eyed. I think that’s what did it for me. I don’t think people realize how much this girl has to deal with. Every week, I try to make sure she has fun. For Elisabeth to say this now, it’s not even like kicking her when she’s down. She’s not down. She’s great and happy. It’s like Elisabeth walked by her on the street and kicked her down. It made no sense to bring it up. It was clear that Elisabeth didn’t think her comments through. What she said not only rude and insensitive to Erin, but it ended up targeting everyone who’s been victimized by that type of activity. And that’s just not right. You don’t blame the victim,” Chmerkovskiy says.

Chmerkovskiy also went so far to say that if Hasselbeck has an issue with Andrews’ Dancing With the Stars costumes, he takes full responsibility. “If her issue were the costumes, then she needs to take it up with me. If anybody hates the way we dress, I can certainly address it because I design them for us. Erin is beautiful and I it to owe her to highlight her attributes without making it vulgar or over-explicit. It has to do with the style of dance,” he says.

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