Maksim Chmerkovskiy Leaving DWTS (Again)

During an appearance on The View this morning, Maksim Chmerkovskiy announced that he would not be returning as a pro to Dancing with the Stars.

“I’m done dancing,” he said. “I feel like it’s time.”

Maks left the show before, in 2013 after season 16. “When I came back to the show, it was not the same—I was different, probably. When I came back, I saw this amazing talent…I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better. I was taking up a huge spot.”

Maks returned for season 18 to dance with Olympic ice skater Meryl Davis. Perhaps finally winning the mirror ball trophy has convinced him to retire from the show for good.

However, Maks has expressed interest in returning as a judge. I wouldn’t be surprised for him to pop up as a guest in that capacity. He could mix it up with judge Len Goodman, once again, but from the same side of the desk!

Via US Magazine

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  1. Thank God. We won’t have to sit through his self-indulgent temper tantrums during rehearsals or his annoying eye-rolling every time he gets a little criticism. Hopefully he will find some other venue that is able to contain his over inflated ego.

  2. I love Maks, he added a lot of drama/excitement to the show.

    He’d be great as a guest judge & I agree, he & Len arguing would be great TV.

  3. Did you not see him as a guest judge the first time? He was awful! I’m sorry, but I do not want my judges praising every single contestant, I need and crave honesty. In my opinion, out of all the guest judges the show has had, Julianne Hough and Abby Lee have been the only two that were not completely full of fluff.

  4. I think he was less than honest because he was still part of the show. It would be difficult to “judge” your teammates. He would be a fine judge if he is able to extricate himself.

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