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Maksim Slams DWTS: "This Season Has Just Been Ridiculous"

Maksim Chermkoskiy, Bristol Palin ABC/JAMES SORENSEN; ABC/BOB D'AMICO

In case you haven't heard, Brandy and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were booted from Dancing With the Stars last night in one of the show's most shocking eliminations.

So how's our favorite DWTS pro doing today? Not too well.

Read on to find out what he told us about being thisclose to the mirrorball trophy, who he's rooting for now and what he really thinks about Bristol Palin...

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Was last night's elimination the most shocking moment you've had on the show?
Yeah, for me personally, it's probably the one that's the hardest to swallow...This season has just been ridiculous since day one. Just one after another after another. Brandy and I think this is the culminating point of this season, it just came crashing down. We almost feel like the effort wasn't worth it. We put in a lot of work. We put in a lot of effort. It's been a very, very difficult season...It just feels like it was an uphill climb the entire time and to really come that short of the finale. It's just very upsetting.

Are you mad at all about it?
I felt really disappointed with Bristol. On Monday night, I found out that she went on record saying that I said something about her along the lines of, "I don't like her because she's still here and she's not a good enough dancer." Every time I've opened my mouth about Bristol, I've been nothing but supportive...For her to come out on Monday night and totally smear my name the way she did, that's just completely uncalled for...I have no idea where she got it from, but wherever she got it from, shame on her and shame on whoever told her that.

What about the alleged right-wing conspiracy theory keeping Bristol on the show? Are you starting to believe it?
I definitely think that the system is flawed. I think there are a lot of problems with it. I have a lot of friends in the Philadelphia area who couldn't call at all. People here, in front of me, picked up the phone, dialed one time and it said, "Thank you for voting. You are over your limit." Anybody crazy would think, "This is a conspiracy theory. Everybody's out there and wants Bristol to win." Not at all. I think it's just a flawed system.

Do you think Bristol could win?
I really don't care. I think at this point I'm rooting for Kyle [Massey] because this kid has come on with no fan base, with not a known name, not someone who is in incredible shape or had a phenomenal dance background...Kyle does have the same resilience as Bristol, same dance ability as Jennifer [Grey], but he's just that kid next door...I think he's amazing.

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