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Chaz Bono Dating Show in the Works

ABC/ RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) -- The Bachelor, meet Chaz Bono: Cher’s son could soon be starring in a dating show of his very own.

The executive producers of Becoming Chaz, last year’s OWN documentary about Bono’s transition from a woman to man, told ABC News that they’re in talks with the former Dancing with the Stars contestant to develop a dating show. Bono split from fiancée Jennifer Elia last December.

“We’re devastated that they’re no longer together, but it’s probably a good thing for both of them,” producer Fenton Bailey said at Saturday night’s GLAAD Media Awards in New York.

“We are talking to them about doing new projects, mainly Chaz. Maybe a dating show,” added Bailey’s production partner, Randy Barbato. Though Bono may be handing out roses to a new batch of hopefuls, Barbato said he and Elia are still on good terms.

“It was a very amicable split,” he said. “They’re good friends and they’re both moving on with their lives. They have lots of mutual friends. They’re sort of growing into being single.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Chaz Bono, Jennifer Elia Break Up

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Dancing with the Stars contestant Chaz Bono has split from his real life partner, Jennifer Elia.

Bono and Elia, who had been dating since 2005, “are no longer a couple,” a rep for Bono told ABC News Monday.

“Chaz Bono and his fiancée, Jennifer Elia, have jointly announced that they have called off their engagement and are no longer a couple,” the rep said. “They leave this relationship with great love, respect and affection towards one another. No further amplification will be forthcoming and they ask that you respect their privacy at this time.”

Bono proposed to Elia atop Seattle’s space needle earlier this year. The proposal was featured during Being Chaz, an hour long special on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN that aired in November.

Bono’s relationship with Elia featured heavily in Becoming Chaz, the documentary about his transition from female to male that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and aired on OWN. In the film, Elia expressed her reservations with Bono’s decision to become a man, lamenting his hormone-induced mood swings and harsher personality.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Chaz Bono Threatens to Sue 'National Enquirer' over Headline

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Chaz Bono is upset over a National Enquirer headline claiming the recent Dancing with the Stars contestant will die within four years because of health issues related to his gender transition.

Chaz's attorney, Dina LaPolt, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the publication demanding a retraction and apology for the headline, according to E! News.

"This is absolutely outrageous, false, fabricated, and highly defamatory," wrote LaPolt, calling the headline "salacious and inflammatory" and saying it was "crafted for the malicious purpose of discriminating against our client's gender and sexual orientation."

LaPolt expressed concern about the Enquirer's assertions that "obesity, testosterone supplements, and high suicide rates among transgender people all increase Chaz's risk of an early death."

LaPolt also took issue with Patrick Wanis, cited by the Enquirer as a "transgender specialist," which LaPolt says is "highly misleading and blatantly false...(as) he is not a physician and has no specialty in transgender health issues."

The letter, sent last week, said Bono will pursue legal action if the Enquirer did not retract its story within 24 hours.

An Enquirer representative said the publication is sticking to its story.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Hollywood Stars Plan Costumes for Halloween 

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for PCA(NEW YORK) -- It’s Halloween, and Hollywood celebrities are getting in the spirit. Whether it’s an organized party or just a family evening, there is fun being planned by these stars:

After being booted from Dancing with the Stars, Chaz Bono has Monday evening free, so he can get back to his tradition of watching The Exorcist with his girlfriend. He says, "It gets pretty crazy in our neighborhood, so we like to stay in."

Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, David Burtka, now have two extra reasons to have fun -- namely, their one-year-old twins, Harper and Gideon. The family will be doing a Peter Pan theme, with Neil as Captain Hook, David as Peter Pan, Harper as Tinkerbell and Gideon as Smee.  Harris jokes that since his kids "don't speak the English language yet, we can dictate what those costumes are, I think for this only one more year."

Actress Lauren Bittner, star of Paranormal Activity 3, ought to know a thing or two about being scary. She’s adamant, though, that she will keep things classy with a real traditional costume. No revealing nurse or devil outfits for her: "A lot of girls just use [Halloween] as an excuse to like dress sort of sexy, and that's not for me."

Former 'NSYNC singer Lance Bass is a self-confessed Halloween nut. He says that he has at least three costumes, and will be hosting a party at the famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He plans to dress as the dog from the FX show Wilfred. He adds that at another party he's "doing the whole K-Pop like Asian look, like club kid thing."

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'Dancing with the Stars' Pro Maks Still Stomping Mad at Judges

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of Dancing with the Stars know that pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy can be outspoken, and nowhere was that more evident than on Monday night's show. Chmerkovskiy took issue with critiques dished out by judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman about his amateur partner, Hope Solo, even going so far as to tell Goodman he should get out of the ballroom dancing business.

On ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday, Chmerkovskiy didn't back down, and refused to apologize for speaking his mind about the "disrespectful" comments from the judges, though he said he hoped it wouldn't hurt Solo's chances on the competition.

"Everybody's waiting for me to bow my head...and plea for forgiveness, Chmerkovskiy told GMA co-host Robin Roberts. "I have nothing to apologize for."

Chmerkovskiy also seemed to imply the reason fellow pro Derek Hough rarely takes issue with the judges is because he's had better dance partners.

"With all due respect," he said, "if I had Nicole Scherzinger, followed by Jennifer Grey, followed by Ricki Lake, I probably would not be very upset with the judges either."

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2011: Chaz Bono Voted Off in Week 6

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Transgender activist Chaz Bono was voted off ABC’s Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night.

The audience and judges gave him a standing ovation when the results were read.

“This was an amazing journey … ,” Bono said, standing next to his partner, Lacey Schwimmer. “I came on this show because I wanted to show America a different kind of man. If there was somebody like me on TV when I was growing up, my whole life would have been different.”

He and soccer World Cup star Hope Solo had both been in jeopardy, but Bono received the lowest in combined audience and judges’ votes.

Bono has struggled since the beginning of the competition six weeks ago. His low scores have consistently landed him in or near the bottom of the leader board, and he’s also been in jeopardy of elimination but managed to avoid being cut.

Monday night he again was the low scorer of the pack with 19 points out of a possible 30 for his tango to a song from the musical The Phantom of the Opera.

Judges told him his tango needed more aggression and technique.

Judges’ blunt reviews of performances Monday night caused emotions to run high, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Solo’s pro partner, vented his frustration by engaging in a war of words with the judges.

After a particularly frank critique of Solo’s performance from head judge Led Goodman, Chmerkovskiy protested, saying the audience would react well to the dance pair’s journey. Goodman started to reply, saying that he’d been in the business for 50 years, when Chmerkovskiy cut him off with a terse: “Maybe it’s time to get out.”

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba didn’t appreciate the comment: “Don’t be disrespectful like that,” she told Chmerkovskiy.

In a backstage interview with co-host Brooke Burke Charvet, Chmerkovskiy explained that he was frustrated because he believed judges were assessing scores inconsistently, awarding points to some stars for effort and to others for performance.

And then, he added this: “With all due respect, this is my show. I helped make it what it is.”

Tuesday night, viewers got to see the judges’ reactions to those comments.

“Did he just say this was his show?” Inaba asked. Goodman and judge Bruno Tonioli seemed taken aback.

On Tuesday's show Charvet asked Chmerkovskiy if the judges weren’t entitled to their opinions.

“Of course. So are we,” he said, but added that he wanted to apologize if the comment he made about the show being his was in some way misinterpreted.

“It’s not my show. I’m part of a very large cast,” he said, adding that he was proud to be among them.

Public reaction to the ballroom dustup appears to have come down evenly on both sides. Some fans who weighed in online said Chmerkovskiy’s gripe was legitimate and the judging was inconsistent, while others said they thought he was arrogant and disrespectful to a judge who was merely rendering a professional evaluation.

Six celebrities will return to dance on Monday: actor David Arquette, reality TV personality Rob Kardashian, actor J.R. Martinez, Solo, former talk show host Ricki Lake and TV host Nancy Grace.

Fashion guru Carson Kressley was booted off the dance floor last week. Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, Italian model Elisabetta Canalis and NBA star Metta World Peace (former Ron Artest) also have been eliminated this season.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Chaz Bono Preps Tango for Broadway Week on 'Dancing with the Stars' 

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- It's "Broadway Week" on ABC's Dancing with the Stars this week, with the seven remaining celebrities performing to showtunes. Chaz Bono says he'll be dancing the tango with partner Lacey Schwimmer, but he isn't offering any other details. He'll only say, "I like the tango, it's really kind of different than anything we've done so far."

Bono, who says he's currently battling "little aches and pains," believes J.R. Martinez is the celebrity to beat in the competition. He says, "I think J.R. is an amazing dancer and, you know, I think should probably win the competition. And I don't have any problem with that."

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Chaz Bono to Be Honored with Hero Award from Education Group

ABC/RICK ROWELL(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, a national organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, plans to honor Chaz Bono Friday with its Hero Award at the annual Respect Awards in Beverly Hills.

Bono, the child of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher and a current contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, has written three books including Transition, his candid account of a 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body and his transformation from female to male.  He has recently shared his life and experiences in the three-time Emmy nominated documentary Becoming Chaz.

Speaking to ABC News Radio about the award, Bono said, “It's great, it's a great honor, I mean it's an organization that does so much for kids and anti-bullying and those are all subjects really close to my heart and so I'm really happy to be getting a nod from them.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


‘Dancing with the Stars’ Week Four Recap: Dance by Dance

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The remaining nine celebrity competitors on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, danced to famous movie themes Monday night under the watchful eyes of their equally famous family members gathered in the audience, including Chaz Bono’s mother, Cher; and David Arquette’s sisters, Rosanna Arquette and Patricia Arquette, and his ex-wife, Courteney Cox.

Up first were Chynna Phillips and her partner, Tony Dovolani, who danced the tango to the theme from Mission Impossible.  The Wilson Phillips singer lost her place during the dance and struggled to the finish, and the judges noticed.

“You lost it, it went wrong, you didn’t know where you were and you panicked,” head judge Len Goodman said, telling Phillips she’d made a lot of mistakes.

David Arquette channeled his inner Indiana Jones, and he and partner Kym Johnson got a standing ovation for their energetic paso doble to the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli were wildly enthusiastic -- Inaba said the actor had strength and charisma -- but Goodman said Arquette stomped too hard and failed to display proper posture.

He was followed by fashion guru Carson Kressley, who took to the dance floor with Anna Trebunskaya to perform a Viennese waltz to the theme from The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.  In keeping with their previous critiques of Kressley, the judges all said they loved his performance but faulted him for a lack of technique.

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus danced the paso doble to the theme from the science fiction cult classic Flash Gordon.  Goodman said her dancing was “competent” but not exciting, and Tonioli said the dance needed to be more assertive, but Inaba disagreed.

Soccer World Cup star Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy unveiled a foxtrot to the theme from Toy Story.  Tonioli said the dance "was so lovely," while Goodman encouraged the pair to work more as a team.

Rob Kardashian and his partner Cheryl Burke danced the paso doble to the Superman theme.  Inaba told Kardashian that he embodied everything that a man should be on the dance floor, saying he had style, strength, sensuality and fluidity.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough -- who topped the leaderboard with 27 points last week -- performed a tango to the theme of the movie Psycho.  The audience surged to its feet when the pair’s routine ended, and the three judges loved it.  They gave the pair 29 points -- the highest score of season 13.

Bono and Lacey Schwimmer turned in a rousing paso doble to the theme of Rocky.  The activist is battling a knee injury and has been struggling in the competition, but his performance Monday night brought tears to Inaba’s eyes.  She said she was touched by Bono’s determination to succeed.

Bono’s mother, Cher, was also emotional in the audience, cheering and applauding her son.

Actor and Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez delivered a humorous, crowd-pleasing foxtrot to the Pink Panther theme with partner Karina Smirnoff.  Inaba said it was technically OK, but the humor was unnecessary, although Goodman and Tonioli were impressed.

Based on a combination of judges’ and viewers’ scores, one celebrity will be voted off during the results show Tuesday.

Here are Monday night’s scores:

-- Lake and Hough: 29/30
-- Phillips and Dovolani:  21/30
-- Martinez  and Smirnoff: 26/30
-- Kardashian and Burke: 24/30
-- Kressley and Trebunskaya: 20/30
-- Arquette and Johnson:  23/30
-- Solo and Chmerkovskiy: 24/30
-- Grace and MacManus: 21/30
-- Bono and Schwimmer: 21/30

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Report: ABC Assigns Security to Dancing with the Stars' Chaz Bono

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC has beefed up security for Chaz Bono while he competes on Dancing with the Stars due to the controversy the show has generated by casting the transgender son of Cher, according to The website reports ABC believes there are "crazies" who dislike Bono, though no threats have been issued against him. He will have security both on and off the Dancing with the Stars set. Bono debuted on the show Monday night.

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