David Alan Grier Slams Carrie Ann Inaba Following ‘Dancing’ Dismissal
First Published: April 8, 2009 5:34 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- David Alan Grier has come out swinging at “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba following his elimination from the hit ABC reality competition last night.
Grier was eliminated alongside professional partner Kym Johnson on Tuesday and in an expletive-laden rant to Access Hollywood after his dismissal, he admitted he was furious over the comments from the judges throughout the season, particularly those from former “In Living Color” Fly Girl, Carrie Ann.
“There’s several people that can kiss my a**, but she’s definitely the first in line…” he said (Click HERE to watch David’s rant in full). “To stand up week after week and be humiliated by people who have no right to talk to me [like that]… I am proudest that I didn’t climb across that table and slap the **** out of every one of those judges and that’s my proudest accomplishment.”
Grier didn’t call out any particular comments by Carrie Ann and her fellow panelists, but rather their collective criticisms of his dances with Kym throughout the five weeks he was on the show.
“I spent so much time trying to bring class into, what for me, was a classless situation, so it shouldn’t be like that, but that’s the way it is,” he told Access.
Johnson, who bowed her head during Grier’s comments, said she understood why the star was upset by the judges’ critiques.
“It’s obviously so hard for every celebrity that comes to this competition to stand before the judges and be critiqued on something that they don’t do,” she said. “They are out of their comfort zone. So I understand that it’s very, very difficult when they are trying so hard and each week you are really putting in the hours.”
Grier said he wasn’t expecting to win the competition, but felt the judges didn’t give him and partner Kym, a fair shot.
“I do feel like we never stood a change with the judges, but we still try to rise above that. I just don’t think they ever, ever, ever scored us the way we deserved,” Grier said. “And I always felt the scores were a little too low.”
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