Don’t expect to see Maksim Chmerkovskiy gliding across the “Dancing With the Stars” stage any time soon.
One of the ABC reality show’s breakout pros announced on “The View” Tuesday that he’s “done dancing” on “DWTS.” “They can do so much more and so much better” with another pro, he said. “I’m taking up a huge spot, and I don’t want to take it up anymore.”
While co-host Sherri Shepherd peppered him with questions like “Did you fall in love with J.Lo?” — a reference to the rumors that Maks and Jennifer Lopez are dating — Maks discussed what he found when he came back to “DWTS” last season after sitting out for two cycles.
Maks has been a pro dancer on 14 of the show’s 18 seasons, winning for the first time in Season 18 with partner Meryl Davis. Some of his other notable partners include Erin Andrews, Kirstie Alley and Hope Solo.
“I lost the show. I stayed away, and when I came back back, the show was not the same,” said Maks, joined on “The View” by his brother Val, another “DWTS” pro dancer. “In my head before. certain things aggravated me unnecessarily, and when I came back, I saw amazing talent, Val included.”
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At the end of the episode, moderator-for-a-day Jenny McCarthy clarified that although Maks is not going to come back as a pro dancer, but he may return in some capacity at a later date. That can be translated as “judge,” but we don’t know for sure.
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