In this image released by ABC, activist Chaz Bono, right,...

In this image released by ABC, activist Chaz Bono, right, and his partner Lacey Schwimmer perform on "Dancing with the Stars." (Oct. 10, 2011) Credit: AP

Chaz Bono, who was eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday, on Wednesday accused judge Bruno Tonioli of insulting him about his weight.

"I got a lot of references from him about things that would indicate the fact that I'm overweight," the transgender activist, 42, said on "Good Morning America."

"I was called a basketball, a penguin, an Ewok, and I just didn't appreciate it. If you want to critique my dancing and give me some constructive advice . . . that would be great. But I don't really know how to be less penguish, and so I kind of took offense to that."

Bono's mother, music legend Cher, felt likewise, tweeting of Tonioli, "Its easy 4 him 2 take cheap shots at Chaz ! . . . Critique Chaz's dance style, movements etc., but don't make fun of my child on nat[ional] TV. . . . He's doing his best & he will stay as long as he stays! Thats 'show business' but, dont b unkind 4 no reason."

Meanwhile, also on "GMA" Wednesday, dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy said he had "nothing to apologize for" his harsh words directed at judge Len Goodman after Monday's show.

Goodman had called Chmerkovskiy and soccer star Hope Solo's rumba the couple's "worst dance of the season." When Chmerkovskiy objected, the 67-year-old former ballroom pro, who'd retired in his late 20s and opened a dance school, responded, "I've been in this business for 50 years." Replied Chmerkovskiy angrily, "Then maybe it's time to go!"

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