September 21st, 2012
05:21 PM ET

Maksim Chmerkovskiy to exit 'DWTS'

Get your fill of Maksim Chmerkovskiy while you can, because a rep for the longtime "Dancing With the Stars" performer has confirmed that Maks is getting ready to leave the ABC show.

It seems Maks is interested in pursuing other opportunities, including acting and potentially a reality show with his brother, Val.

His rep said that Maks has decided not to renew his contract when it expires in 2014 - or in "DWTS" terms, two more cycles following the new season of "DWTS: All-Stars."

That season will bow on Monday, for which Maks has been paired once again with Kirstie Alley.

Speaking on his decision to leave after 15 seasons of "DWTS," Maks told the New York Post that he's ready for his career to take the spotlight.

“Essentially, 80 percent of our job is to give somebody another push in their career or we make them into likable characters. But at the end of the day, they go off and they better themselves,” he said. “I loved doing it, but to be honest with you, at 32, I am at ‘what-about-me time.’”

Love him or hate him, he's often a talking point for fans - will you be disappointed to see Maks go?


soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Lightnin

    Maks should be lynched after what he did to the great Hope Solo.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SoCal Reggae

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-848989

    September 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. goodbye maks and god bless you...

    love the the Lord, he heard my cry
    And pitied every groan, long as I, I live
    And troubles rise, I hasten to his throne

    Chorus:
    Oh, I love the Lord
    I sure do, surely do love the Lord
    He heard, he heard my cry
    And pitied every groan, yes he did
    Every groan
    Long as I live, long as I, I live
    And troubles rise, troubles rise
    I hasten to to to to to
    I'll hasten, I'll hasten to his throne
    I'll hasten to his throne hold on hold on
    Tears are streaming down my eyes
    [ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/i-love-the-lord-lyrics-whitney-houston.html ]

    I'll hasten, I'll hasten to his throne

    Yes I will, I'll run
    I know I can go to his throne
    I know I can go, I know I can go
    I'll hasten, I'm gonna run
    I know I can go, I know I can go
    I'll hasten, I'll hasten to his throne

    See I can run, Lord you know I will
    When there is nowhere to go I know I can go to you
    I know I can run to you oh
    I'll hasten, I'll hasten to his, his throne
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    I'll hasten, hasten to his throne
    Surely gonna be here

    Read more: WHITNEY HOUSTON – I LOVE THE LORD LYRICS

    September 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dancee

    and you love the lord

    September 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lyndsay

    I met Max last weekend and he is the sweetest man!! REMEMBER........we see him on tv and it is called acting!! I have been a dancer for 15 years and I have had many teachers that talk just like Maks. It is called constructive criticism. If you cannot deal with it too bad. You are obviously not an athlete or you would know what that means. He is incredibly handsome and I will always remain a fan! So sad he is leaving, but wish him the best of luck in everything he does:)

    September 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the bos s

    maks is one the rare talents in dancing and he's not a mofo.

    September 26, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Maks--

    needs some serious alone time...like away from everything alone time...he's too on edge.

    September 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Maksy-Don't Ever Be A Hippo

    Get your fill of Maksim Chmerkovskiy while you can, because a rep for the longtime "Dancing With the Stars" performer has confirmed that Maks is getting ready to leave the ABC show.

    It seems Maks is interested in pursuing other opportunities, including acting and potentially a reality show with his brother, Val.

    His rep said that Maks has decided not to renew his contract when it expires in 2014 – or in "DWTS" terms, two more cycles following the new season of "DWTS: All-Stars."

    That season will bow on Monday, for which Maks has been paired once again with Kirstie Alley.

    Speaking on his decision to leave after 15 seasons of "DWTS," Maks told the New York Post that he's ready for his career to take the spotlight.

    “Essentially, 80 percent of our job is to give somebody another push in their career or we make them into likable characters. But at the end of the day, they go off and they better themselves,” he said. “I loved doing it, but to be honest with you, at 32, I am at ‘what-about-me time.’”

    Love him or hate him, he's often a talking point for fans – will you be disappointed to see Maks go?

    September 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. i didn't get that...

    he has a strong personality he wants his dancer to win...its called motivation. singing coaches are nasty at times also...not because they are mean but they know you can do it...

    September 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. crystal-milw

    I hated Max! He had an arrogant, rude personality and I will watch the show more now that he's gone. I hated the way he treated his dancers, especially Kirstie Alley. He is NOT meant to be an instructor. He's just a dancer with an inflated ego and that's about it.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. i love Maks...

    he's a take charge type of man–i love when a man is in charge–

    September 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mtnrose

      OMG CAN THAT MAN DANCE!!!!!!!!! Luv him, luv, luv,luv Maks. DWTS may aswell close up shop, as far as I am concerned with no Maks. He is the main reason I began watching the show & the only reason I continue 2 although it gets a little hard 2 watch with some of the partners they give him & when he has had great partners they screw him out of the trophy. He has been screwed soooo many times without being kissed on that trophy. MAKES ME ANGRY!!! U go Maks. Just b sure 2 get lots of publicity so your adoring fans (myself included) can keep track of u. Whttever happened 2 Etta or yetta (duh, can't remember her name right now) Gorgeous girl, superb dancer, just disappeared.

      October 11, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. crystal-Milw

    I'm happy to see Max go. I hated his arrogant, rude personality. He never had any patience with his dancers and is never meant to be an instructor in the first place!

    September 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Here we go again---

    maks is a very secure guy and gets in any new dance partners face he's attracted too. he doesn't worry about is it this or will it be that. he just does it and it goes the distance on its own.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike, OR

    Maks is fantastic! I will miss him on the show. His devilish personality and looks definitely add to the show. However, I think he usually gets paired with a celebrity who is not the likely one to go the distance and that has to be frustrating. Good Luck Maks.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Max is by far the best professional on this show. He is smart to further his own career. I believe DWTS is on a decline now anyway especially when you see that Palin girl back. What is wrong with you people at DWTS? She dance like a trained dancing bear in a Russian circus. I guess ABC just wanted her mother in the audience. If I had known I would have to see her mother, i would not have watched. One good thing, that baby looks just like his daddy. Live with that, Sarah. Anyway no one can replace Max!

    September 25, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  16. no...

    Maks just found another job.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  17. Barbara

    I used to watch the show regularly, however, the show just lost my interest since the "stars" well just didn't add enough flavor to keep my interest. Most of the time you did not even recognize the guest dancers competing, not enough pull to hold my interest the show needed some top billing, which would have increased the viewership. Now, the interest by viewers has been in reality TV like singing or performance shows, modeling, acts, shows that allow the everyday common folk to take a shot to alter their financial future (fast track) just praying for their opportunity to be discovered changing their lives forever. Living the "American Dream" its what we all want.

    September 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  18. LauraS

    I love Max and hate to see him go, but totally understand his decision. I think it's the best move for him after all this time on DWTS. Every season it seems he is paired with someone that needs a lot of work to have them look half way decent on the floor. Good luck Max in whatever you choose!!

    September 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  19. elusively2

    Maks is just dancer. They are a dime a dozen. He can easily be replaced. Sorry Maks. He should be on his own anyway because his personality is not right for that show.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  20. Turquoise

    We will miss Maks and hope he makes better choices in his career next time.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  21. desperatecrySt.Lucia

    Maks is a gutsy guy he'll make the right decisions that will suit him.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  22. GM

    Maks and Louis Van Amstell are among my favorites on DTWS - Maks in particular brings a little color, some personality, that little "bad boy" something extra to the role of the pro - most of them are pretty much smiling "white bread." I will most definitely miss Maks – but wish him well and greater heights. (Also like Tony just because he seems so darn sweet!)

    September 24, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  23. citizenUSA

    Yeah, some actor. I saw him in a commercial for a jewlery chain store playing a character who was, A dancer. I don't think he even spoke. And no, I'm not jealous. I have a great looking wife, he's a good dancer, he's not my type but I can see how the ladies would be attracted to him. He's not really not, "soul-mate", material though is he?

    September 24, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  24. citizenUSA

    Hey, I'm leaving my job too. No Love for me?

    September 24, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  25. The Real Maks

    I will miss all my fans, take care and remember what I always said, EAT A FAT ONE!

    September 24, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  26. Ataurehman Talib

    no

    September 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Kate

    What a bunch of looney tunes commenting on this story.
    I, for one, probably won't watch DWTS after this season. Maks was the only reason to watch.

    September 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  28. janine

    max should hang out

    September 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mammy says

    Nothing like a big poop to start the day. Tasty too...

    September 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Rachel

    Maks full of himself,a great dancer, great looking & has a huge persoality! I wish him the Best!

    September 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  31. bruce--(wtch)

    concert started 2 hrs late due to weather...35 songs....for some reason the show was even better last night can u believe he's 63..audience sang happy birthday...we all had our plastic rain gear on...he puts everything he
    has in every single song.

    September 23, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  32. jojo

    he's so handsome, clean looking and never a slob

    September 23, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  33. Five Finger Face Punch

    is a wondeful dancer and a class act

    September 23, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  34. Suzie

    if you were not white..he would not even think putting you in wring. see the difference...
    therefore i find this max still afraid to be around.

    September 23, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  35. Suzie

    if you were not white..he would not even think put you in wring. see the difference...
    therefore i find this max still afraid to be around.

    September 23, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  36. Charlie

    he may get 20 year tator tots after you because he thinks he's some sort of european stud but as reports said last night he is what we called "lost".

    September 23, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  37. Maks

    is basically a weenie with an attiude. no challenge other then picking on white women and the when pushed in corner he will call his mommie.

    September 23, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  38. Nuck I.

    He doesn't like white women.

    September 23, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  39. Nucky M

    wear a dress

    September 23, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  40. NuckyT

    And he's joining the women's MMA. Maks can't wait to get in the ring and beat up some women, but this time they will actually fight back.

    September 23, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  41. Maks

    has to get back to work...its almost morning..LOL

    September 23, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  42. Frida

    i had surgery this morning.

    September 23, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  43. Fred Costernnanaieoeoe

    yea i has surgery too.

    September 23, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  44. Max

    i had surgery too a little while ago...

    September 23, 2012 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  45. annie

    good riddance!

    September 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Fred Costernnanaieoeoe

    Alan Greenspan is a Fart!

    September 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Costernnanaieoeoe

      sorry i had to come back again...but he really is a creep.

      September 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Michael Calaizzo

    We only use American paint and drywall!

    September 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  48. looze

    your on the fire...mommie.

    September 22, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  49. salon

    you are aging like a fine wine–you are georgous

    September 22, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  50. Rita

    I'm leaving too. I heard Derek Hough, my favorite pro dancer, is leaving after this season. I won't be watching at all this season. I can't stomach watching Sarah Palin's offspring again. So long DWTS – it's been real fun for the most part.

    September 22, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  51. Mara-sorry white correction

    i had been at his studio a number of years ago for another gig..it was most fun being there recently
    his brother was there the whole time...:)

    September 22, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  52. Mara

    i had not be at his studio in a number of years ago for another gig..it was must fun being there recently
    his brother was there.

    September 22, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  53. Mara

    Maks has a studio where i live and that is exactly where i practiced for a show i did a few weeks ago.

    September 22, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  54. richard forman said she rules her bed.

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    September 22, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  55. we are white sorry...

    mooning computer - we love blair 1...

    September 22, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  56. show biz hacker...

    blair i. is number #1...your a hacker that needs bigger underwear for whatever that thing is.

    September 22, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  57. richard forman

    lick my balls...my wife is 22 ...

    September 22, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  58. flato's underwear size? geez...i'm white

    i would have to say 4.. baaaaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

    September 22, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  59. lets run a check on her bizness...

    blairI is #1
    ...get he underwear size...14-15 maybe..you need to get in her bizness...whats her girlle size...

    September 22, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  60. we're gay

    only 1 blair i. you smell change your underwear and comb out those knots.

    September 22, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  61. maks

    can dance you need the right bra and some makeup

    September 22, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  62. you think its flatso?

    we're going to miss maks

    September 22, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  63. Becks

    It's about time. He's so full of himself. Good riddance!

    September 22, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  64. Kareen

    Love Maksim .
    He is a wonderful dancer. I wouldn't mind learning to dance from him

    September 22, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  65. Curlee

    This story is a tad bit premature; by over a whole year wouldn't you say?

    September 21, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  66. 8

    8

    September 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  67. janine

    i could stick to him like "glue"

    September 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  68. five finger tight grip

    love Max,I stopped watching DWTS...but i am sorry to see him leave

    September 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  69. five finger tight grip

    love Max,I stopped watching DWTS a few seasons back myself

    September 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Ann Maria

    so sorry to see him go

    September 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Cheryl, Detroit

    is he out again?

    September 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Mary Ann

    I love Max,I stopped watching DWTS a few seasons back when they had people that weren't even D list stars( Bristol Palin) I am sure Max will do great in his next career move.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Diana

    i can't stand maks

    September 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Marina Ignazio

    he's talented..he has no ego

    September 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Richard James

    another person whoose ego out grew his talent, please leave now,

    September 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Diana

    Maks is the 'glue' that keeps us watching DWTS, and it will be a sad day when he goes at the end of 2014.
    Before he does leave we would love to see Maks get the 'disco ball trophy' before future Oscars and other awards that he so truly deserves.. ;)

    September 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Max

    is a a great dancer, sorry he's leaving

    September 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Cheryl,NH

    I love Max! One of the reasons I watch DWTS.

    September 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |

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