‘Dancing With The Stars’: Chaz Bono Makes His Exit

'This was an amazing journey that really pushed me,' says Bono, who was in the bottom two with Hope Solo.

The bottom-two scorers on the leaderboard were also the bottom two overall on Tuesday night’s “Dancing With the Stars” elimination show.

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer left the judges feeling underwhelmed after their performances on Monday night, and viewers must have agreed. In the end, it was Bono who got the boot.

On Monday night, the activist tangoed to a track from “Phantom of the Opera,” and he had hoped that his newfound confidence would continue in that night’s performance. It failed to impress the judges, and backstage, he said his feelings were hurt by the comments given to him by judge Bruno Tonioli, who described him as a penguin. The judges also commented that they thought it was the most aggressive they’ve seen him but thought he needed to be pushed a little further if he wanted to last longer in the competition.

“It was like watching a cute little penguin trying to be a big menacing bird of prey. This is the truth: It has to be menacing. Dark. Dangerous. Naughty. The tango wants to be driven continuously. It is hard. It’s very difficult. To me, this character didn’t fit you,” Tonioli told him Monday night.

Bono, the son of Cher and Sonny Bono and the competition’s first transgender contestant, said he had no regrets about coming on the show.

“I took so much away from this. This was an amazing journey that really pushed me and showed me that I could do so much more than I ever thought I could,” he said. “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. And so I dedicated everything I did to all the people out there like me and especially to kids and teens who are struggling. You can have a wonderful, great life and be successful and happy.”

Were you sad to see Chaz go? Let us know in the comments.