‘The Talk’: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ judge Carrie Ann Inaba vomited after eliminating James Van Der Beek post wife’s miscarriage
“As a human being, what he and his wife Kimberly suffered is heartbreaking, and I have so much sadness in my heart for them, and my prayers are with them. But you know, this is where it’s really hard. As a judge, I have to judge the dance," Inaba said. “I went home and I vomited”
In today’s episode of CBS' Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show ‘The Talk’, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, rapper Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond welcomed Italian choreographer, ballroom and Latin dancer, and TV personality Bruno Tonioli on the show. Tonioli is also Inaba’s colleague as a fellow judge on ‘Dancing With the Stars’.
In the dance reality show’s previous episode, James Van Der Beek was eliminated. Before being eliminated from contention, the actor announced his wife Kimberly Van Der Beek had suffered a miscarriage.
He said November 18, "My wife Kimberly and I went through every expecting parent’s worst nightmare. We lost the baby. The little soul that we had expected to welcome into our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond."
Inaba, commenting on the decision to eliminate him, said, “As a human being, what he and his wife Kimberly suffered is heartbreaking, and I have so much sadness in my heart for them, and my prayers are with them. But you know, this is where it’s really hard. As a judge, I have to judge the dance. We get to know them, and they become family, and their pain is my pain... I have to judge what's happening on the dance floor.” She added, “I went home and I vomited.”
Tonioli, speaking to the hosts, resonated Inaba’s sentiments. “It was incredibly hard. Because from a human point-of-view, we were shattered,” he said. “Of course, we feel everything he felt… But we were going to have to do our job. It’s a dancing competition. We stick our necks out there. We really tell as it is. We don’t make it up. We have to point things out and we have to reward merit.”
Commenting on the show’s season 28 finale, Tonioli said, “The honest truth is, it is the closest it has ever been. Because they all have the ability and the possibility to win. The first thing, the most important thing, is nailing the freestyle. That is that performance that sticks.”
He further said, “Another thing is, don’t choke at the end... give us a freestyle that is memorable.” On the four final contestants, Tonioli said, “Kel [Mitchell] for me, is a revelation. It's like he’s like a long-distance runner that finds the momentum just at the right time, and he keeps surprising people. Ally [Brooke], solid, I mean, showstopper after showstopper, good at every level. Lauren [Alaina], she works it... clever. Hannah [Brown] -- there has to be a persona. There has to be a character behind everything you do. She is starting to learn that, so she could surprise us.”
The ‘Dancing With the Stars’ finale airs Monday night. 'The Talk' airs Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. PT.