ABC orders protection for Chaz Bono
Los Angeles, CA, United States
September 19, 2011 07:36 pm EDT
Arts, Culture And Entertainment, Dance, Human Interest, People, Crime, Law And Justice
Network executives at ABC have ordered protection for "Dancing With The Stars" contestant Chaz Bono.
Sources connected with the show have told TMZ that while no specific threats have been uncovered, executives at ABC are not taking any chances. They recognize that there is an element of hatred that exists and some "crazies" that harbor angst against Bono. Security has been stepped up for the DWTS contestant on and off the dance floor.
Bono, born Chastity Sun Bono, is the offspring of the pop duo Sonny and Cher. At around the age of 39, in 2008, Chaz underwent a female-to male gender operation. In May 2010, Bono legally changed gender and name.
Controversy has been rampant since it was announced Bono would be a contestant on DWTS Season 13 which airs its two-hour season premier on Monday, Sept. 19. Other celebrity contestants include talk show hosts Nancy Grace and Ricki Lake; movie actor David Arquette; NBA player Ron Artest; reality TV stars Kristin Cavallari and Rob Kardashian; war veteran and TV actor J.R. Martinez; entertainer Chynna Phillips; World Cup soccer star Hope Solo; and fashion commentator Carson Kressley.
The results and elimination show will broadcast on Tues., Sept. 20. when one couple will be sent packing.
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