Carrie Ann Inaba Defends 'DWTS' Judges

The First Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Hosts Dancer Carrie Ann Inaba attends The First Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Hosts "Lexus LIVE On The Plaza" with Train at LA Live on October 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics » Carrie Ann Inaba on 'DWTS' Carrie Ann Inaba stopped by Access Hollywood to defend her fellow Dancing With the Stars judges, who have come under fire for recent comments.

Pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy and eliminated contestant Chaz Bono have both spoken out publicly about perceived unfairness and belittling from the judges this season, but Carrie Ann Inaba thinks that the controversy has become a bit overblown.

"I actually thought that we were pretty kind this year," she told Access Hollywood. Inaba added that even though she understands that there are many "sensitive issues" at play this season on DWTS, she thinks that the judges' comments shouldn't be taken too personally. “The scoring has to do with what they’re doing dance-wise. We are able to separate the two," she said. "Our job is to judge. We actually get paid for our opinions."

So what does Carrie Ann think about Maks' angry snipe that Len Goodman is too old to be a good judge? Inaba thought it was a “very awkward moment … it just taken the wrong way.”

You can watch Carrie Ann's entire Access Hollywood interview here. And if you missed the Maks/Len war of words on Dancing With the Stars, check out the clip below to watch the feisty exchange.

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