Karina Smirnoff Wants Bruno Tonioli to Wash His Mouth 'With Bleach'
05/17/2011 AT 04:00 PM EDT
"It felt kind of dirty and disrespectful and inappropriate," Smirnoff told PEOPLE backstage after Monday's show. "It is a family show after all. It was uncalled for."
The audience and Tonioli’s fellow judges reacted very negatively to his comments, with Carrie Ann Inaba asking to "put a muzzle on him."
Smirnoff, standing across from the judges' podium with Macchio, was stunned by the remark and replied, "real classy."
Tonioli tried to explain that he said what he said because Smirnoff was wearing a leopard print cat suit costume. But neither Smirnoff nor Macchio are buying it.
"It wasn’t his best moment," Macchio said.
"This is a hiccup. It is what it is," says Smirnoff, who isn’t looking for an apology from Tonioli. Indeed she has a better solution – that he should have his mouth washed out "with bleach."