Maksim Chmerkovskiy Kirstie Alley Fallout, Says DWTS is Running Out of Talent

Dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy will not be returning to Dancing with the Stars as a pro, but that won’t keep him from staying out of the news. During a recent appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, he had some interesting things to say about both his former show, and one of his celebrity partners.

Maks confessed to host Andy Cohen that he and his Season 12 partner, Kirstie Alley (They paired up in 2011) are no longer on speaking terms. And what do you know– her “religion”, Scientology, has something to do with it! It appears that Maks’ connection to an ex-member is a deal breaker for Kirstie.

“Did you get along with her well?” Andy asked Maks after a fan questioned whether Kirstie tried to convert him to Scientology. “Until recently,” Maks responded, “She stopped getting along with me. I think the world of her. I’m not judging people by their religion. I’m Jewish. I don’t really believe in science fiction, whatever.”

“We had a great relationship. I thought we had a great relationship.”

“Now that I’m associating with other people, that [she said] she can’t be associated with, I am no longer to be spoken with,”

That would have to be Leah Remini, who quite publically left the group after being a lifelong member.  She’s best friends with American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez, with whom Maks is reportedly having a romance. Neither have confirmed a relationship, but they have been spotted together in recent weeks, looking awfully cozy together.

Maks and Leah both attended Jlo’s recent birthday celebration, as did Andy who remarked, “I saw you at the birthday party the other night. Leah Remini said you’re not together, but everybody keeps reporting that you’re together.”

“Well, [Leah]’s the authority on everything J.Lo, so we should listen.”   Oh. So coy. Keep the tabs talking Maks! Smart boy.

Commenting on Monday’s announcement on The View that he is hanging up his pro dancing shoes, Maks revealed to Andy: “I saw that there were a lot of changes last season. I took a year off. I skipped two seasons and I came back. I personally fell in love with the show. It’s not something I need to say now that I’m not even part of it, but it’s definitely amazing entertainment…I do think it needs to stay on. I’m a big supporter of anything dance related. And I think it’s brilliant.”

“My problem is that we’re running out of legitimate celebrities. That’s the problem.”

Via US Magazine, E Online

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