Did Maksim Chmerkovskiy Go Too Far with 'DWTS' Comments? (POLL)

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Never one to hold his tongue, Maksim Chmerkovskiy took it to a new level last night on Dancing with the Stars.

He was not having it when judge Len Goodman said his dance with pro soccer player Hope Solo was her worst of the season -- which drew a long series of boos from the crowd. Maks ate up the audience reaction and went on the attack. When Len brought up his 50 years in the business, Maks snapped, "Maybe it's time to go."

Ouch! Backstage, the other dancers commented on the controversy.

E!'s Kristin Dos Santos reports that the reaction was split:

"He did go a little too far with it, but it is what it is," frontrunner J.R. Martinez said.

"He spoke his opinion and he should be allowed to do it," noted Lacey Schwimmer.

"He needs a hug," snarked his former fiance Karina Smirnoff.

"I felt like the judges have been incredibly generous this season so I was surprised," Derek Hough commented.

Do you think Maks was right to defend himself, or did his comments go too far? Vote in our poll!



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  • Oleg

    Maxim should be removed form the show, last time I saw him punching his partner??!! he is vey angry and arrogant person, brings too much negativit, personally I don't like seeing him on this show. Oleg

  • Amanda

    Everyone has a right to defend themselves, but I think he just lost soooo much face for the way he did it. What respectable, grown man can't handle criticism and face the honest truth? I think it's HILARIOUS of Maks to expect praise and high scores for "effort" when I'm none is being exerted. Bahahaha they should stop travelling & do work like everybody else. And Hope Solo??! Ahahahaha homegirl needs to stop making excuses for her lack... anything. "I'm not a dancer, I'm an athlete & I had to start from scratch." Cry, cry, cry! SO DID EVERYONE ELSE. Accept the fact that you suck & learn from it ot GTFO seriously. So tired of your ass.

  • Martha

    Maksin does not make the show and it is not his, I think he needs to be gracious and discreet, discuss in private not try and belittle somebody that obviously not what he is talking about and not blowing hot air from his behind like maksin was doing. In the end maksin is the big jack ass and he is not even cute My advice learn to take criticism and if he can not stand it pull out don't ruin the show for all of us. Learn some manners from your colleagues, apologize in live tv and try and be sincere. Do you know what that is? We will now tape the show and bypass maksin dance.

  • Pat

    I totally agree. Who the heck do the judges think they are? Not God. And Hope actually dances while Chaz does not. They, as dance judges need to see that, and not just judge on "effort or heart and emotion" for that Chaz. What the heck. It is not an emotions show. It is a DANCE show. Go Max, he was totally in the right.

  • mango

    I think when the judges "judge", they sometimes are rude and act they were offended by the dancers! They need to just give a pleasant opinion and no drama!!!!

  • Joy Mcbridej
    Joy Mcbridej

    Derek does not pick his partners, and who would of ever thought Ricki Lake would turn out to be such a good dancer? Derek is the most amazing dancer and choreographer I have ever seen. He deserves anything he wins, he works very hard for it. But you are right Max has never got a really good partner, but he said last year he would like to dance with Hope Solo thinking she would be a great partner and it has not turned out that way. She is way too stiff and masculine.

  • Rachel

    The judges are there to, um, judge. And they have each been selected because they bring different viewpoints a la American Idol. For Maks to react like that was bratty and probably didn't help his partner... Who, for the record, didn't dance well last night. I agree that calling Chaz a penguin was unnecessary but what Len said to Hope was just honest. She stunk. Methinks she's going home tonight.

  • Deana Galloway Egbert
    Deana Galloway Egbert

    yea Derrick thinks the judges have been generous this season thats because he's been getting 10's and the top of the leader board. He always gets the best dancers every season. Makes me mad I hope he doesn't win this season

  • Linda

    Mask was absolutely right! Len needs to realize it's 2011, not 50 years ago, get with the program. Insults from these judges are just not necessary. I think everyone that participates on this show should be applauded for their valiant effort. Each and every one works hard. Judges have their favorites and it shows. I truly hope Maks and Hope are not voted off tonight, I gave all my votes to them.

  • Jacob

    Bravo Max

  • Bev

    I think the judges should comment on dance ability but not to the point of making fun. One judge said Chaz looked like a penguin. That must of hurt him; I COULD SEE IT IN HIS FACE. when you are trying so hard and putting in hours of practice, the judges should respect that. I think Carrie is the most fair in her comments and does not hit under the belt. Max was honest and reacting to the sharp jabs. How long can you be a punching bag?