Dancing With The Stars alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy just served as a guest judge during Week 5 of Season 21 – and it’s safe to say he won’t be invited back on DWTS any time soon.
Maks was typical Maks during “Switch-Ups” week on Dancing With The Stars – he offered some feedback, was as cocky as ever, and cracked a few jokes with Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Burno Tognoli.
Maks discussed his feud with the DWTS producers and explained, “I’m honest to a fault…maybe I was just not a good person for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ because for me, it was never about politics or trying to look good for the camera…At 15 he began working at a local Russian restaurant, dancing as entertainment.Working at the restaurant, Chmerkovskiy decided winning competitions as a dancer would be a way to argue for higher pay.The widely proclaimed "bad boy of ballroom" (though he believes that moniker makes no sense) and most recent "DWTS" champ made the announcement Tuesday on "The View." "I'm done dancing [on] 'Dancing With the Stars,'" the 34-year-old said.
"I feel like it's time.""It's an amazing thing and I'm blessed. Like I said, I look like a lot of things but inside I'm genuinely happy and I love this experience."The hunky Ukrainian hoofer appeared on 14 seasons of the long-running ABC dance competition's 18 cycles.What is the point of throwing DWTS under the bus, after all that show helped build his career? Maksim Chmerkovskiy says he's hanging up his "Dancing With the Stars" shoes.(Who knows, he could always make another cameo on the judges' panel.)"I lost the show. When I came back, I saw amazing talent -- Val included with everybody the new pros and some people that I haven't worked with -- and I looked at it and I was like, look they can do so much more and so much better and I'm taking up a huge spot and I don't wanna take it up anymore."However, when peppered repeatedly by co-host Sherri Shepherd for perhaps leaving because of his rumored relationship with Jennifer Lopez and the possibility of her "needing" him as one of her dancers, Chmerkovskiy grinned from ear to ear but tried to keep the conversation on his career rather than his love life."I feel like I've done a lot and not enough for me," he continued, speaking over Shepherd.I stayed away, and when I came back, the show was not the same," he continued. "I feel like, I looked at last season while I was there and I fell in love with the show and I left the show and I stayed away and the show was not the same."The champ has teamed up with his brother Valentin Chmerkovskiy, who joined him on "The View," for the production of "Sway: A Dance Trilogy," and the two are also doing a traveling tour called "Ballroom With a Twist."Promotional duties for those coinciding projects has set up the dancer for the "are-you-or-aren't-you" line of questioning that keeps bringing the conversation back to the "First Love" songstress and her proclivity for dating (and marrying) dancers."I'm just focused on dancing," he told People when asked about the J. "I'm not interested in talking about anything other than the show." Rag-time renegade -- now that's a moniker. 7, the dancer seemed less than pleased with the show. He later said he feels he was not a good fit for the reality competition. maybe I was just not a good person for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ because for me, it was never about politics or trying to look good for the camera...