Their response to the criticism
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Weir and Lipinski bluntly responded to critics who accused them of being to mean.
"There are lots of things we have to explain, and if you aren’t used to hearing real critiquing or real commentating, yeah, it can be harsh when somebody falls down and we say, “Hey, they fell,” Weir said. "But would you rather understand why they fell, or would you just like to pretend it didn’t happen?"
He added, "I think our response to people saying “mean” is truth can be harsh, and truth can be hard to hear at times. But it’s our job to do that, and we’re not backing away from it in any way."
Tara weighed in, too: "The first day of skating... it was disastrous, and there was really no other way to put it. So, if we see more skating like that, we’re definitely gonna call it as we see it. I think that’s our style. It has been since we started in the booth. There’s no reason not to be authentic and real with your audience, and we’re not here to sugarcoat anything."
Johnny also offered a similar explanation via Twitter: