ABC Admits to Voting Issues on 'Dancing With the Stars'

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"The complaining amuses me to no end. Whenever someone says that Bristol shouldn't be there to me, I almost inevitably say, 'Of course, you're voting for...?' And they go, 'Yeah, I didn't vote.' I have no sympathy for people who are kvetching about who's still there and who's gone ...If you want a technical dancer, watch PBS," DWTS host Tom Bergeron told TV Guide in support of Bristol Palin, seen here with pro dance partner Mark Ballas in week two, on Sept. 27, when all of the couples returned to dance their second routines in a two-hour show.      

The network says the problems "affected each finalist equally."

ABC admits it faced voting issues this week on Dancing With the Stars.

Producers said Tuesday the contestants received a "record amount of activity," which overloaded its online and phone voting system after Monday's final competition show. The network has been denying voting issues all season in light of Bristol Palin's longevity on the show. PHOTOS: What critics said about Bristol this year.

"Some viewers reported experiencing difficulties registering their votes for the Dancing With the Stars finale, which affected each finalist equally," show producers said in a statement, as obtained by the Huffington Post. "The issue was promptly addressed [and voting times were not extended]."

Jennifer Grey, best known for her Dirty Dancing role, was crowned the winner Tuesday night. Palin came in third.

The controversy surrounding Palin spiked ratings this season, and delivered a solid lead-in for Skating With the Stars' premiere Monday.