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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Quitting 'Dancing'
One of the show's most controversial pros will depart
after current season
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, one of Dancing with the Stars' most controversial pro
dancers, just confirmed that he's quitting the show after his current contract
Maksim tweeted a link to a New York Post article announcing his exit with the
caption, "With nothing but love, gratitude and respect to all that played a part
in that amazing aspect of my life."
"What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons?," he tells The Post. "It
makes total sense. The audience can't expect for me to want to stick around, and
the producers can't expect for me to want to stick around."
He also expressed frustration at constantly being in the shadows of his
"Essentially, 80% of our job is to give somebody another push in their
career," he says. "Or we make them into likable characters. But at the end of
the day, they go off and they better themselves ... I loved doing it. But to be
honest with you, at 32, I am at what-about-me time."
Video: Hope Solo -- 'We Have No Game Plan'
So what's next for Maks?
The hot-tempered dancer is pursuing acting, and a possible reality show with
this brother Val. He's already secured the lead in a romantic-comedy which
begins filming in January.
As for his many controversial DWTS moments, including former partner Hope
Solo accusing him of slapping her during rehearsals, Maks is clearly looking to
put that behind him.
"... I am not doing that 'Maks thing' anymore," he says. "I don't think I
need to, and I don't want to. It did what it did for me, but I want people to
know that I am not a one-sided personality. I am a lot of fun to watch, even
without constant drama."
Video: Maks Vows to Tone it Down on 'DWTS'
Dancing with the Stars is posed to go through significant changes, as
three-time champ Derek Hough is also leaving the show after the current season.
Meanwhile, Maksim has three seasons left on his contract ( including the current
one) before he exits.
Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars premieres September 24 at 8 p.m. on