Maksim Chmerkovskiy Quitting Dancing With The Stars

Maksim Chmerkovskiy reveals to the New York Post that he is quitting Dancing With The Stars!

The hot-tempered hoofer says he will not return to “Dancing With the Stars” after his current contract expires at the end of next year.

“What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons?” he tells The Post. “It makes total sense. The audience can’t expect for me to want to stick around, and the producers can’t expect for me to want to stick around.”

Maks — who re-teams with Kirstie Alley for the show’s all-star season on Monday — says he plans to pursue acting and possibly a reality show with his brother, Val.

It appears that Maks is done with pushing his partner’s careers to the next level. It’s time for ME TIME!

“Essentially, 80% of our job is to give somebody another push in their career,” he says. “Or we make them into likable characters. But at the end of the day, they go off and they better themselves.

“I loved doing it. But to be honest with you, at 32, I am at what-about-me time.’”

Maks has already secured the lead in a motion picture where he plays…what else? A Latin dancer. About acting, Maks says, ““I never thought I was ready. Then I had a whole day of reading with the director and casting director, and I enjoyed it so much! I caught the bug, as they say. This is something I really want to do.”

Maksim linked to the NYP story in a tweet, “With nothing but love, gratitude and respect to all that played a part in that amazing aspect of my life.”

Via New York Post

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  • Eileen99

    Boo, Maks was my favorite. 

  • TheGreatXL

    Maks is cute, but full of himself and has alleged anger issues. Not sad to see him go.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Finally. Maks has been pushed to his limit. Hot or not, I say good f**king riddance. He has been nothing but a pain in the ass and a moaning b*tch. Majority of the times it has been about him anyway. He has become such an insufferable jerk, so I’m glad to stop being uncomfortable watching him bully another female that is not Kirstie Alley. 

    Enjoy your acting career Maksim Chmerkovskiy! Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out! ;D


  • Montavilla

    I’m glad that he’ll spend his final season with Kirstie Alley as his partner.  I don’t know how long they’ll last, but they’re great together.

  • Jordana33

    Whatever. I prefer Max 2.0. Same qualities, except more user friendly and less likely to have a meltdown.

  • dabney c

    Oh, Maks is so hot. So much hotter than little bro in my eyes. I don’t mind his diva anger issues because it makes him edgy. And I don’t see him as abusive, just … impatient, and maybe a little harsh at times. But he’s sexy as all hale, and when I’m watching DWTS, I wanna see the sexy. [/unpopular unfeminist post]

  • Li Wright

    He was quite the character, I liked him too.

  • Li Wright

    Kesia — what the F????  Maks is the one that people tune in to see because he is so outspoken.  There’s nobody like him.

  • whoisthatwoman

    Good riddance.

  • bannanafish

    Doesn’t it say his contract expires at the end of next year?  That’s like three more seasons.

  • brightones

    DWTS will probably be over at the same time!

  • Stefan Wind

    I’ll take Val and Tristan any day over Maks and his attitude. 

  • abbysee

    I dont really watch the show, but I like him. Definitely more interesting than any other dancer, imho. The show will hold no interest for me now

  • hillstreetblooz

    Bitch Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! He can take his smug ass on – he looks better gone anyway, heh.

  • supersonic

    Bye, Maks!  With his stank attitude, he should’ve been gone a long time ago.

    First Derek says this upcoming season is his last and now Maks.  Who’s next?

  • Bobbi

    I’ll watch as long as Maks is on. Then, I’m done!

  • JeanWhite

    Maks is my favorite.  I watch the show for Maks – but the year I enjoyed DWTS the most was the year that Derek was gone! Wish he was the one leaving instead.

  • JeanWhite

     Oops! I didn’t know Derek was leaving when I posted a few minutes ago. Yay! Bye, Derek, don’t care. Do hate to see Maks go though.

  • sweetmm

    DWTS won’t be the same without Maks but he is right after so many seasons he needs to go away.  Who knows down the road he might come back or from time to time as a guest.  Its time for him to explore new territories and expand his horizons.

  • Kariann Hart

    I agree, sweetmm.  I had hoped Maks would have won at least once.  Maybe with a better attitude, he could have won?  Wishing him the best.

  • callmecrazy

    I’m neither surprised nor saddened by his decision to leave DWTS.  I hope he spends his “Me time” eating humble pie!

    Maks is hot, that he is, but he’s not the hottest male dancer who’s been on the show.  That would be Dmitry!  :D