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'Dancing With the Stars' tells Michael Bolton (nicely) to go pound sand

September 29, 2010 |  6:56 pm

Michael Bolton and Bruno Tonioli Michael Bolton shouldn't hold his breath waiting for an apology from "Dancing With the Stars" judge Bruno Tonioli.

Seems the show's producers are of the opinion that Bruno was just doing what they pay him to do. "While we respect the feelings of our celebrities and our dancers, we don't feel Bruno should be expected to apologize for doing his job," they said Wednesday in a statement published by EW's Hollywood Insider.

Perhaps they could settle this like that RV company worked it out with Taylor Lautner after he filed a lawsuit: Bolton challenges Bruno to a singing contest (instead of a push-up contest, like the RV place did), Bruno declines, Bolton is declared the winner, and then someone gives some money to charity.

Then again, maybe Bolton just goes and pounds sand.

See Michael demanding an apology and register your vote in our "What do you think of Michael Bolton now" poll here.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Michael Bolton, left, and Bruno Tonioli. Credits: Fred Prouser / Reuters, left; Stuart Wilson / Getty Images, right

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