Maksim Chmerkovsky Quits ‘DWTS’

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Maksim Chmerkovsky Quits ‘DWTS’
All ballroom dances must come to an end...

Maksim Chmerkovsky, the bad-boy dancer who achieved fame through dancing competition series “Dancing With the Stars,” is signing off from ABC's series.

Maks talked with the New York Post about his decision to jump ship. about his decision to jump ship.

“What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons?” he said. “It makes total sense. The audience can’t expect for me to want to stick around, and the producers can’t expect for me to want to stick around.”

The 32-year-old champ will re-join forces with Kirstie Alley for the upcoming all-star season of the series.

According the veteran’s report, the dancing pros on the show have been becoming increasingly frustrated by serving as the side-kick for their celebrity partners.

“80% of our job is to give somebody another push in their career,” he says. “Or we make them into likable characters. But at the end of the day, they go off and they better themselves.”

That isn’t to say that he has completely hated the experience. In fact, he said that he “loved doing it.”

Maks’ contract expires at the end of next year and he plans to hang up his dancing shoes as soon as possible.

With the newfound time on his hands, the dancer will pursue other career opportunities, including acting. According to the report, he is attached to star in a major studio romantic comedy movie scheduled to start filming in January.

“I had a whole day of reading with the director and casting director, and I enjoyed it so much!” said Maks. “I caught the bug, as they say. This is something I really want to do.”

The all-star season of “Dancing With the Stars” kicks off Monday, September 24, at 8/7 c on ABC.

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