Oh no! Maksim is saying adieu to ‘Dancing With the Stars’! The fan favorite dancing pro reveals in a new interview that he won’t be returning to the show — at least not as a performer — and that he feels that ‘it’s time’ for him to leave. Find out why!
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is ending his successful eight-year run on Dancing With the Stars! Apparently the professional dancer felt that he was “taking up a huge spot” on the show and he wanted to make room for other talented dancers. But will he return to the show in another capacity? Here’s what we know.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy Leaving ‘Dancing With The Stars’? — He’s ‘Done Dancing’
Maks, who has been on DWTS since Season 2, confirmed the sad news of his departure on The View on July 29.
“I’m done dancing,” he revealed. But all hope is not lost, Dancing fans! Maks clarified that he was “done with Dancing With the Stars as a dancer,” adding, “I feel like it’s time.” Does this mean he’ll be back in another exciting role?!
Maks said he didn’t mean to “Lebron the announcement,” but of course the crowd was of course super disappointed about his exit from the show.
“I loved the experience,” Maks said. “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, Val [Chmerkovskiy, his brother] included … I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better, I was taking up a huge spot.”
But … there’s always room for more Maks! Perhaps he also decided to throw in the towel after finally winning the Mirror Ball trophy for the first time during Season 18 with his Olympian partner Meryl Davis.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Will He Return To ‘DWTS’?
We’re not the only ones hoping Maks will return to the show! Dancing With the Stars executive producer Rob Wade told E! News in July that he’s hoping that Maks will be back for more.
“I’ve just come back to the show, but I was on the show in season one and Maks came on in season two, so I’ve known Maks for 10 years now and he’s a very good friend,” Rob said. “I’m absolutely hoping Maks comes back to the show. I don’t know whether it’s going to be as a dancer. I think there’s a number of different things we can talk to him about and the way he’d be involved in the show. Maks will always be part of Dancing With the Stars in some way.”
That’s great news!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you sad that Maks won’t be dancing on DWTS anymore? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee