Dancing With the Stars will be down at least one Chmerkovskiy on the dance floor. Maksim Chmerkovskiy confirmed on the Tuesday, July 29, edition of The View that he will not return to the ABC series as a professional dancer. But that doesn't mean he won't return at all.
"I'm done dancing," Maks said on The View before quickly clarifying that he was done with Dancing With the Stars as a dancer. "I feel like it's time." The crowd erupted after he announced his departure. Maks claimed he didn't want to a "Lebron the announcement" moment, but just wanted to clear up the limbo factor. "I loved the experience," he said.
"When I came back to the show, it was not the same…I was different, probably…When I came back, I saw this amazing talent, Val [Chmerkovskiy, his brother] included…I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better, I was taking up a huge spot," he said of his decision to leave.
Host Sherri Shepherd clarified that Maks is done as a pro dancer on DWTS but may return in another capacity.
In July, Dancing With the Stars executive producer Rob Wade told E! News he hopes Maks returns to the show.
"I've just come back to the show, but I was on the show in season one and Maks came on in season two, so I've known Maks for 10 years now and he's a very good friend," Wade said. "I'm absolutely hoping Maks comes back to the show. I don't know whether it's going to be as a dancer. I think there's a number of different things we can talk to him about and the way he'd be involved in the show. Maks will always be part of Dancing With the Stars in some way," Wade said.
Maks won Dancing With the Stars for the first time during season 18 with Olympian partner Meryl Davis. He recently served as a judge on the Indian version of Dancing With the Stars.
Dancing With the Stars returns Monday, Sept. 15, on ABC.