Chaz Bono’s representative says that Bono expected to get backlash for appearing on Dancing with the Stars, but admits that he didn’t expect it to reach the level that it now has. Howard Bragman told ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday that despite the criticism directed toward Bono, he “is really taking it well.”
“He’s really using [the controversy] to motivate himself. He’s working incredibly hard, dancing hours at a time, and he’s committed to being a great dancer and having a great time on the show,” he added.
In fact, Bragman says that the controversy surrounding Bono has motivated him to stay on the show. “This has really reinforced his decision to be part of the show. No way is he going to back down,” he said.
Critics and longtime watchers of the hit reality series, which regularly tops the ratings, criticized the network for “no longer being a family show,” “reaching a new low,” and “trying to desperately raise ratings” because of the casting of Bono.
DWTS executive producer defended the casting of Bono Wednesday in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re always trying to find new things that people haven’t seen, new types of stories and that’s what we’ve been doing this season,” Conrad Green said.
He also denied that the series had a “homosexual agenda” for casting Bono and former Queer Eye star Carson Kressley. “We don’t have an agenda of any sorts. I think of the 120 celebrities we’ve put on the show, we’ve had, I think now, three transgender or gay contestants. If that’s a homosexual agenda, we’re not doing very well at it,” Green said.