Maksim Chmerkovskiy Quits ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Laughs Off Jennifer Lopez Dating Rumors
I mean, not really. He has appeared on the long-running Dancing With the Stars series for 14 seasons, and recently won his first title with figure skater Meryl Davis this past May. But the 34-year-old Ukraine-born champion is hanging up his Dancing shoes.
Maks appeared on today’s episode of The View and told the ladies he’s leaving the show and moving on.
Chmerkovskiy, who’s dated a string of his fellow DWTS professional dancers including Karina Smirnoff (they were even engaged!) and Peta Murgatroyd, said, “I’m done dancing. I’m done with Dancing with the Stars. I’m blessed. I’m very honored. Inside, I’m genuinely honored.”
The sexy Samba stud isn’t bitter however. He added, “I feel like I’ve done a lot and not enough for me. I looked at last season and I fell in love with the show. I’m taking up a huge spot and I don’t want to do that anymore.”
Leave it to View co-host Sherri Shepherd to go there. After Maks said he’d be quitting the show, Sherri asked if it was because Jennifer Lopez needed his services. Not taking the bait, Maks simply laughed and smiled.
Chmerkovskiy has been linked to J.Lo since she split with Casper Smart early last month, and the dance pro also helped the “I Luh Ya Papi” singer celebrate her 45th birthday in the Hamptons just last week.
I think what Sherri should have asked is what Maks thinks of his girlfriend’s new ‘do.
Jennifer shared this photo on Sunday (July 27th) with the caption: “Wheels up!! Next stop LA… #curlyhairdontcare #myNYlook #gonnamissNY #greatvacation #backtowork”