Maksim Chmerkovskiy has always been one of the most controversial dancers on Dancing With the Stars. His fiery, passionate, and sexy personality has made him one of the most talked about stars of the show. So now, the news that he will not be returning to the dance floor for season 16 has many fans singing the blues.
Maks, for his part, explains his decision as one he had to make to move his career forward. Of course, rumors have been swirling for years that Maks' tendency to fight with the judges and have little fits was going to end his stint on the show.
Here is what he said about it all. See below:
I've been a pro dancer on the show for about seven years now and am eager to explore other opportunities that have been made possible because of Dancing With the Stars. I'm going to take this time to dive into producing and acting, while fulfilling my sponsorship obligations.
I am not sure what to believe. But I do know, as a long-time fan of the show, I find this disappointing. Maks was one of the main reasons I tuned in every Monday night. Without him I am not sure I have such a pressing reason. He is funny and sexy and the rumors about whether he is sleeping with his partner were always great fun. What is there to watch?
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Is it possible that this fun and exciting show has jumped the shark? Sadly, I think it might be. We have Maks leaving. Julianne Hough is long gone. The "stars" this next season are not exactly exciting and the ratings for the all-star show were not good.
If Tom Bergeron leaves, all bets are off. Because honestly, he is the best host anywhere on TV right now. I would watch just for his natural, quick wit. But I digress.
I will be missing Maks something fierce this year, and I hope that if his greener pastures and endorsement deals and whatever else don't work out, then I hope there will still be a spot for him on the show. He belongs there.
I am not even sure how I can watch the show without him.
Do you think the show will be good without Maks?
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