Well, this is a bit uncomfortable. During the Monday, Nov. 6 episode of Dancing With the Stars, host Tom Bergeron made a slightly awkward comment to pro dancer Witney Carson after her Viennese Waltz performance with partner Frankie Muniz. As Witney and Frankie received critiques from the judges on their dance, Carrie Ann Inaba told the pair, “So far for me, that was the closest thing to perfection. I mean, you are so exquisite when you dance, it’s just so clean. I look for mistakes, but I don’t see them — except for when you almost lost control of Witney there.”
Then, Tom chimed in to say, “I’m guessing he’s not the first guy who’s lost control of Witney.” The comment garnered audible gasps from the DWTS audience from fans who clearly thought the emcee’s message was a little uncalled for. Following the show, Witney dished on the cringeworthy moment — and revealed she’s simply going to “brush off” Tom’s statement. “I don’t know, you guys. I didn’t really get it at first because I was like, I don’t really get what that means, but yeah, thanks. Thanks for whatever that was. But I’m just going to brush it off, and I hope you guys do too,” she said, according to People.
Tom, Witney, and Frankie on the Nov. 6 DWTS episode. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“I think it was just Make Witney Uncomfortable Day,” Witney’s partner, Frankie, added. Luckily, the awkward moment didn’t overshadow the duo’s performances — they received a score of 26/30 for their Viennese Waltz and a 27/30 for their fun trio Jazz performance with guest dancer Alfonso Ribeiro. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star previously took home the Mirror Ball Trophy with Witney in Season 19 of Dancing With the Stars. It was so cute to see Witney and Alfonso together on the dance floor again!
Witney and Frankie weren’t the only pair to perform a special trio dance during the Week 8 DWTS quarterfinals. NFL player Terrell Owens and his partner, Cheryl Burke, danced a Rumba with Season 1 winner Kelly Monaco, Property Brothers star Drew Scott and pro Emma Slater performed a Cha-Cha with Season 24 champion Rashad Jennings, and Olympian Victoria Arlen and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, danced a Jive with Season 23 winner Laurie Hernandez. Additionally, violinist Lindsey Stirling and pro Mark Ballas performed a Jazz number with Season 6 winner Kristi Yamaguchi and actor Jordan Fisher and his partner, Lindsey Arnold, danced a Salsa with Season 17 runner-up Corbin Bleu.