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EXCLUSIVE! Tia Carrere Says Karina Smirnoff Left ‘DWTS’ Because Of Her Ex!

Fri, February 26, 2010 2:46pm EDT by 11 Comments
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Hey, wouldn’t YOU hate having to go to work and face your ex-boyfriend every day?

Yeah, we would too.

When Dancing With the Stars return next season, it’s going to have a very different feel now that it’s lost one of it’s key players, Karina Smirnoff. But why would the dancer leave such a sweet gig? Season 2 contestant Tia Carrere thinks she knows the reason: Karina couldn’t bear working with her ex-fiance, Maksim Chmerkovskiy!

“She’s probably trying to get over Maksim.” Tia, 43, told exclusively at the “Get Lucky for Lupus” event in West Hollywood Feb. 25. She added, “Well, they were engaged and they broke up, so I don’t know, it’s what I’d do.”

Karina, 32, began dating fellow DWTS dancer Maksim, 30, in July 2008 and became engaged a quick six months later. At first, there was nothing but love between the two as Karina planned a gigantic fairytale wedding, but as things turned sour following their joint Broadway show, Burn the Floor, last summer, the couple ultimately split in September, 2009.

Poor Karina! Hell, it’s awkward enough to run into an ex if you see them walking down the street or bump into them with their new girlfriend, but to have to see them every single day at work. Horrific.

How would you feel if you had to see your ex in the office every day? Would you want to quit your job, too?