Just after “Dancing with the Stars” fans celebrated the announcement that Derek Hough would be returning to the series, now comes the bad news… Maksim Chmerkovskiy is off the show.
Maks reportedly informed show producers a few days ago that he was done with the ABC series, according to TMZ. Chmerkovskiy has been a staple of the series since season 2 in 2006, and has been paired with the likes of Erin Andrews, Kirstie Alley and Mel B over the years. He is now pursuing other Hollywood projects including television and movies.
Of course, the upside is that his departure will make it a lot less awkward backstage. Maks reportedly broke up with fellow dancer Peta Murgatroyd in recent weeks.
For “DWTS’ who just need their Chmerkovskiy fix, however, Maksim’s brother Val will reportedly return to the show.