Carrie Ann Inaba says she met fiance on eHarmony, talks 'Dancing With The Stars' drama
"Dancing With The Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba has revealed that she met her fiance, Jesse Sloan, on a dating website and also says they are trying to have a baby while planning their wedding.
The 43-year-old made her comments on a recent episode of the television show "Access Hollywood," during which she also weighed on recent controversies surrounding ABC reality show "Dancing With The Stars."
Inaba's boyfriend of two years, Jesse Sloan, proposed to her on the air as she guest-hosted ABC morning talk show "LIVE! With Regis and Kelly" in March.
Inaba said she met Sloan, 39, on the website eHarmony and that she did not provide a photo of herself when they first began emailing one another, even though he did.
"I didn't put anything about really, who I was," she told "Access Hollywood." I really put exactly what I wanted - I put, 'I love cats.' I'm crazy, crazy cat lady. He took a risk."
"About a few months into it, I finally sent a picture of me in Hawaii, no makeup on, one of those cell phone (photos)," she said. "And he's like, 'Oh, I have bad news. 'I know who you are.' And I was like, 'Oh. Awkward.' And he goes, 'It's okay, I'm not going to tell anybody. I think we're having a really great conversation here and it's growing. Can we meet?'"
The two eventually had their first date. Inaba said it took place at her friend's house and that it was supervised.
The two are now planning not only their wedding, but a family.
"(We're) trying for a baby," Inaba told "Access Hollywood." "Absolutely. Whichever comes first is fine. We don't have to be married to have the baby. At my age, I'm 43, I sort of have to get moving on the baby. The wedding can come later."
She also said she is not good at planning weddings.
"I suck," Inaba said. "I don't want to plan. What do I do? The engagement was already publicized. I'm doing (the wedding) private. I want to do backyard and I want to do beach. But if I go to Hawaii and do the beach, then I have to leave my cats, because you know I'm a crazy cat lady. We have four. We're going to get more."
'DANCING WITH THE STARS' CONTERVERSIES
Inaba is one of three judges on "Dancing With The Stars." Earlier this week, cast member and pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy made headlines due to an argument that broke out between him and judge Len Goodman following criticism about his and celebrity contestant Hope Solo's performance on Monday.
The dancer and Solo, a pro soccer player, had earned 20 out of 30 points for their Rumba, which they danced to the song "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent" during the Broadway-themed competition episode. Inaba said she thought Solo, who has been ranked as average in comparison to the other contestants, showed improvement. But Goodman, the most acerbic of the three judges, told her she had performed her "worst dance of the whole season."
He said to Chmerkovskiy: "Half the fault is yours," adding: I've been in this business nearly 50 years," to which the dancer replied: "Maybe it's time to get out. Let's not be disrespectful to everybody. Everybody's putting a lot of effort ... dying and killing themselves only to hear your guys' judgmental comments."
Chmerkovskiy had told OnTheRedCarpet.com after his and Solo's performance: "With all due respect, this is my show. I help make it what it is. "I've had it. I've had it a long time ago. I just kind of kept it cool but, look, she doesn't deserve it. That's all it is," Chmerkovskiy told OnTheRedCarpet.com backstage after the show, before joking, "Look, whatever helps the ratings. You're welcome show!"
Inaba explained the drama with a joke, saying: "Whenever I wear red, it makes people upset or myself it gets upset. It's strange. I'm not saying that it's MY show but something weird happens every time I wear red."
Chmerkovskiy later said on the show that he "had an idea in my head and it came out wrong."
On Tuesday, Chaz Bono, singer Cher's transgendered son, became the latest celebrity contestant to be eliminated from the show's current 13th season, following weeks of lackluster performances, and claimed the show was biased against him. He did, however, tell OnTheRedCarpet.com that he will "forever be grateful" for being able to appear on the show.
"I commended Chaz on what he is doing because what he is doing in the larger scope of life," Inaba told "Access Hollywood. "We are able to look at the dance and just judge the dance. I actually thought we were pretty kind in general, this year. Sometimes, I guess people get offended by what we say, and it happens. Our job is to judge. We actually get paid for our opinions."
Inaba told Cher, who has visited her son on the show, on her Twitter page on Wednesday that Bono "danced hard and challenged himself on the show just like everyone else and did a great job and was very eloquent and respectable and he overcame injury and hung in there."