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

Fri, February 26, 2010 2:46pm EST 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 Hollywoodlife.com 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?

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Career Management

Posted at 5:06 AM on May 8, 2012  

certainly like your website but you need to check the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very troublesome to tell the reality then again I’ll surely come back again.

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remedios racho

Posted at 10:04 PM on May 12, 2010  

i used to like maks but how someimes he reacts to lens criticism is arrogant when he shows he is mad . he shows he disrespect the judge opinion…..he should respect the judge opinion and everyone else even if u dont agree.yeah maks should be out next time … i have seen him being mad many times before … no other pro has done that…..i think they should bring new talents to the show…there are a lot of talents there yet to be seen

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kenya

Posted at 1:35 AM on June 3, 2010  

Well…remedios racho….guess what?!! Maksim Chmerkovskiy is the “BEST” thing on Dancing With The Stars. Yes, he gets mad and emotional during rehearsals and that’s what makes the show so fun and makes him all the sexier! Real women like “TOUGH” men and Maks is all man. Karina needs to stop sleeping with everyone on the dance floor and get herself together. You notice who’s already in another serious relationship? KARINA!!! She’s not back because DWTS didn’t want Maks uncomfortable because he’s the best thing they’ve got going!

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remedios racho

Posted at 9:57 PM on May 12, 2010  

maks i think is the reason karina was not brought back b cause he is not a good sport….if things dont work out isnt it better to split now than get divorce later…i think maks is too himself .. vindictive and vicious ..i am sure karina is hurting too it takes 2 to tango.. they have to respect ur differences… look at simon …how good friends w/ his ex. it is really admirable and how failed relationships ought to be conducted .. a lesson to learn

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kenya

Posted at 1:37 AM on June 3, 2010  

Maks is a very loving, affectionate man. You don’t know why he dumped Karina. You don’t know what she did to him! He says he was betrayed by her. Maks wants a family, he wants to settle down like his best friend Tony, get married, and have kids. Karina didn’t want that!

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Joanie

Posted at 11:28 PM on February 26, 2010  

I don’t think Karina quit . . . She was not scheduled for Season 10. But I’m glad the producers took the initiative. Her former titles are tarnishing badly in the face of her promiscuous and abusive use of men. Glad Maksim escaped her, even if she was his dream since high school.

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Emil

Posted at 10:23 PM on February 26, 2010  

Too bad Maks didn’t bow out this season, I’d much prefer Karina. She’s a way better dancer than he ever could be and he’s just way to into himself. Too bad about Karina, she’s great eye-candy.

BTW Tia, Karina’s got herself a hunky baseball player so I don’t think Maks got anything to do with it.

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kenya

Posted at 1:39 AM on June 3, 2010  

First of all….Karina is a GREAT dancer but she’s no way near better than MAKS! Great eye candy?? Do you really think she’s attractive?? Seriously?? She does have a great body and she’s very talented but she’s really unattractive. Not at all beautiful enough for Maksim. He’s the eye candy!

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Talula

Posted at 11:43 PM on June 7, 2012  

Um…Karina dumped Maks…he was too controlling and his mother was interfering in her business. NO woman should be told to give her her successful career (especially when she’s more accomplished than he is) to have a baby.

And yes, she’s gorgeous…you are not….compare your photo to hers LMAO>

 
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Anonymous

Posted at 4:21 PM on February 26, 2010  

Karina did not quit and would like to come back very much.She was not brought back.Via her twitter.

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Betty

Posted at 8:43 PM on February 26, 2010  

Tia needs to mind her own business. She knows nothing of what is going on.

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