Hannah Brown Apologizes For Coming Off ‘Dismissive’ To ‘DWTS’ Judge Carrie Ann Inaba
Hannah Brown had an emotional week on Dancing With The Stars. Not only did she have to learn a contemporary dance about the heartbreak she experienced on The Bachelorette, but she also had to learn a “redemption” Rumba under the guidance of DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
Inaba has given Brown some tough criticism this season, so it’s not completely out of left field that Brown felt emotional when the judge stopped by her Rumba rehearsal.
Carrie Ann Inaba stops by Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten’s Rumba rehearsal
When Inaba first entered the rehearsal, it seemed as though Brown was open to her coaching and criticisms. But the reality star quickly felt the judge’s notes got “personal.”
“You’re doubting yourself, so you’re trying to cut it short. You have to show it off more,” Inaba told Brown. “I know it’s hard, stay with me.”
“It’s fine,” Brown replied, frustrated and through tears.
“I’m a judge, I can take it. Trust me,” said Inaba. “I’m not here for any other reason but to help you.”
Then Inaba attempted to give Brown a hug.
“I don’t want to be touched,” the reality star told the judge as she backed away.
The session seemed to end on an OK note, all things considered.
Hannah Brown’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Rumba performance
When it came time for Brown and Bersten to perform, the duo did well, receiving three nines. (Brown even figured out her hips.)
Before DWTS host Tom Bergeron could ask the judges for their feedback, Brown asked if she could say something.
“I just want to say I am so sorry if it seemed like I was dismissive,” Brown said to Inaba. “I had a really hard day that day. It was really emotional learning my contemporary [routine].”
“I didn’t handle my emotions very well,” she added. “I’m so sorry if it seemed like anything else.”
“I was never offended by that,” Inaba responded. “What I noticed is you improved a heck of a lot… I’m really proud of you, Hannah. Well done.”
The two even shared a hug.
After her dance, Brown told co-host Erin Andrews that she “never thought [the judges] were trying to attack me.”
“I want the critiques because I want to get better. I think it was just a compilation of everything I was going through that day, unfortunately,” Brown explained. “Carrie Ann had to come in at that time… I didn’t mean to come across any other way.”
On her second dance of the evening, a contemporary dance to “Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez, Brown and Bersten also received three nines. The duo is headed into the DWTS finals and couldn’t be happier.
“I’m so pumped that we get to celebrate how far we come IN 👏🏻 THE 👏🏻 FINALS! Woooo!” Brown wrote on Instagram after the episode aired.