“F–k Carrie Ann!”
That’s what bad boy “Dancing With the Stars” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy– who has been a lightning rod of controversy all season–said to shocked reporters after the show Monday night.
Maks dropped the F bomb against show judge Carrie Ann Inaba after he was asked what he thought about her comment to him during the show. Carrie Ann had reprimanded the dancer on camera when she thought he was smirking during her critique of his Argentine tango with partner Hope Solo.
But backstage afterwards, Maks said he didn’t know what her problem was: “I think Carrie Ann has an issue. I don’t know what it is. I would love to know what it is so I can address it. But as of now, I have no clue what the hell she was talking about. “
When asked if he thought about asking Carrie Ann, Maks said, “I was too busy because we had to run and change.” Partner Hope then implied he was too busy telling her not to talk back to Carrie Ann, either! “They’ve wanted to get us off since day one,” Hope said of the judges.
It was the latest controversial moment for Maks, who asserted DWTS was “MY show” earlier this season and dissed the judges, particularly Len Goodman, causing Carrie Ann to criticize him for being disrespectful. Later, US Weekly magazine claimed Maks was feuding with fellow DWTS pro Derek Hough. And Maks raised eyebrows with his teaching style this season, seeming to treat Hope with unnecessary roughness at times.
On Monday, Maks shrugged, “I totally disagree with the scores, but what else is new.” The couple finished fourth in the scoring and look in danger of elimination on Tuesday night.
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