Chaz Bono Is Not 'Bitter or Angry' About Leaving Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars: Chaz Bono Is Not 'Bitter or Angry' About Elimination
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer are eliminated from Dancing with the Stars

10/26/2011 AT 04:00 PM EDT

After a tough night on Dancing with the Stars Monday, Chaz Bono and partner Lacey Schwimmer were fired up.

The angry duo said the judges' comments were "disrespectful," and pointed in particular to the way Bruno Tonioli compared Bono to a penguin in his critique.

But on Tuesday, when the pair was eliminated from the competition, it sure seemed like Bono and Schwimmer had put any hard feelings behind them.

"I was quite angry last night," Bono, 42, told reporters backstage right after his dismissal. "But I feel really good today. I'm not leaving the show bitter or angry or anything. I'm grateful for Lacey and everybody I worked with on the show. It was a wonderful, life-changing experience. I'm so glad I did it."

Some people suspected soccer star Hope Solo could have been voted off based on her low score on Monday night and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy's controversial outburst – but not Bono and Schwimmer.

"After the judges' comments and the scores last night, it was kind of no question," Schwimmer, 23, told PEOPLE of their elimination. "It was almost as if they set it up."

Chmerkovskiy, who on Monday called claimed responsibility for "helping make [Dancing] what it is," apologized on Tuesday but not for insulting judge Len Goodman.

"I do want to apologize for one thing," he said. "I had something in my head and it came out wrong. It's not my show. I'm part of a very large cast and I'm very proud to be here."
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