Gold medal Olympic gymnast Simone Biles has been burning up the dance floor on the latest season of Dancing With the Stars — and on Monday night she burned up a stupid comment made by the show’s host Tom Bergeron with basically the perfect answer.
“I was waiting for you to smile at some of the judge’s compliments — you didn’t,” Bergeron, with a smirk of his own, said to Biles moments after she and her dancing partner, Sasha Farber, finished a trio dance with Brittany Paso. Biles’ reply is something that, well, she is an undisputed authority on.
“Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals,” the Olympic champ told Bergeron. Nope, it sure doesn’t, but that quip won over social media after she unleashed it. One person on Twitter declared that the six words would now be her new motto.
Backstage, Entertainment Tonight talked with Biles about the exchange and she said she wasn’t angry about the comment. “I just cry,” she said. “I’m not a yeller, I just cry.” She added that she had tears in her eyes, but was able to pull it together.
As for Bergeron, he stopped short of an apology, but acknowledged that the question was ill-advised in a pair of tweets on Tuesday.
Watch the exchange and the followup interview with Biles in the video below.
Read the full story at The Huffington Post.