Maksim Chermkovskiy Not Returning to DWTS (Report)

TMZ reports that Maksim Chermkovskiy will NOT return to Dancing With The Stars this spring. The dancer plans to pursue movie and TV roles.  Via TMZ

Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s days of sequin unitards are OVER … ’cause TMZ has learned the Bad Boy of the Ballroom is officially leaving “Dancing with the Stars.”

Sources close to the production tell us … Maksim spoke with producers a few days ago and informed them that he wouldn’t be returning for the upcoming season.

FYI — the 33-year-old dancer has been on the show since Season 2 (2006) … and partnered up with stars like Misty May, Laila Ali, Erin Andrews, Kirstie Alley and Mel B.

We’re told Maksim wants to stay in the entertainment world … and is currently pursuing movie and TV projects.

As for Maksim’s brother Val — we’re told he WILL return to the show … so don’t worry America, you’ll still get your Chmerkovskiy fix.

If this is true? Bye sexy guy!

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  • bestmusic

     Sad face :( I will miss him and I think so will the show.

  • quickjessie

    Ugh.  Max was the only reason I watched the past few seasons, along with Donald Driver. 

    Now there is no reason at all to watch.

  • ladymctech

    Smart move, Max, and best of luck to you!

  • Miz

    How funny. Just as I was reading this he was on Extra saying he’s excited for the new season and he didn’t know who he’s dancing with yet. He said he just wants it to be fun. 

    When asked about the ‘word on the street’ about him and Petra no longer being together, he said ‘that’s the word on the street’ and he ‘wants what he wants’.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Max was a character, but one of the best dancers on DWTS. I liked him better than any of the other dancers. Just another reason to not watch the show.

  • Liteasy

    I liked Maks, but I like Derrick better and he’s not returning either as far as I know.

  • JD

    Theyre all replaceable and the show is on the downslide with lower ratings.  Cast announcements are next week so get ready for more Dlist celebrities, reality ‘people’, and others youve never heard of who are less famous than the dancers themselves, and of course some joke who will get eliminated soon, probably someone to create controversy, a plant, well you know….

  • DaisyMagnolia

    Maks can be demonstrative, but he’s an incredible dancer, a great combination of skill and pure talent.  He’s also one of the most popular cast members, and he will be missed by many. 
    My biggest concern is who takes on the taller/curvier female celebs.  At 6’2″, Maks was the tallest male pro and knew how to work with larger body types.  That’s going to be hard to replace.

  • Jenna

    After saying he would leave for the last like 5 seasons it had to happen eventually lol

  • Cheryl J

    Damn!  They better have a couple interesting “celebrities.”  I can easily do without the show otherwise.

  • Sarah

    Actually, Derek tweeted yesterday that he didn’t know whether he would be back due to his other projects, but he was able to work it out so he can do both. So it sounds like he WILL be back.

  • Sarah

    I will miss Maks a lot. He is one of the best dancers, and was at his best when he had partners who weren’t afraid to challenge him back (Mel B, Kirstie, Laila).

  • Eileen99

    Boooo. He was my favorite guy. :/

  • Kesia Monteith

    I always thought this dude was a complete jackass. But this rumour could be false. If not, then good riddance. 

  • MissMyEm

    I won’t miss Maks and I don’t care whether or not Derek will be back.  Derek is a phenomenal dancer but lately his ego seems to be getting bigger and it appears like the deck is always stacked in his favor.  Last season I was majorly ticked when they gave him Shawn Johnson, rather than Bristol Palin, especially since it was Mark who won with Shawn.  Heaven forbid they give Derek anyone who isn’t quite up to par.   So actually I was hoping he would not return.

    I read on Reality Steve (I think it was ) that Sean Lowe, this season’s Bachelor, will definitely be a contestant on the up coming season of DWTS.

  • Beaugard Stevens

     We’ve had reports of him being nasty to his partners, him saying that “This is my show” during a show was just mind-boggling, I just don’t like him.

  • Chris

    Its not the first season without Maks.  They’ll find a new tall, dark, and sexy dancer, e.g. Dmitry from So You Think You Can Dance filled in the last time he took a season off.

  • MissMyEm

    I’m happy with Tristan and then there’s Alec who is Edyta’s hubbie and was on the first season and one or two seasons since.

  • Cindy

    Aww, who will pinch Tom’s bum now? :(