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Maksim Chmerkovskiy

'Dancing' Exaggerated

Melissa's Injuries for Ratings

4/10/2012 1:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Dancing with the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- who was with Melissa Gilbert when she hit her head on the show yesterday -- is strongly insinuating ... "Dancing" producers conspired to overstate the actress' injuries to drum up ratings.

"Dancing" host Tom Bergeron announced at the end of yesterday's show -- Melissa had injured herself during her and Maks' Paso Doble routine (below) ... and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Melissa later announced on her Twitter she had sustained whiplash and a mild concussion during the performance -- but Maks tells us a different story ... insisting the actress just "bumped her head."

We asked if "Dancing" producers tend to play up celebrity injuries on the show for ratings -- and Maks responded ... they don't fake it ... but they "amplify it a little bit."


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Tigers Wood    

I saw it, she barely tapped the floor with the hair bun on the back of her head. I saw her adjust the bun after they finished dancing.
Everything is Fake nowdays it seems. Trumped up videos of Amanda Bynes also.

871 days ago


He didn't "strongly insinuate" anything. He was very diplomatic. He said she bumped her head and that DWTS wouldn't lie or make thinks up, but they may "amp" things up a little bit. That's different than an accusation that they lie to get ratings....

871 days ago


#8. We don't need to hear your negative opinion either. But, hey, it's a free country, right? Well, not if it was up to the conservatives.

871 days ago

how lame    

The guy is too rough with his partners. They need to start giving maks the stinkers and give tony doublanni the decent dancers that have a chance of winning

871 days ago


I am with #3 I saw nothing and watched it over and over and I saw nothing still...I think its all a bunch of BS if you ask me....this show is such a snoozer anyways Zzzzzz

871 days ago

Straight Talkin Texan    

Max likes controversy. Damn Russians.

871 days ago


Am i the only one who isn't surprized she injured herself ? I mean no one wants to hurt Laura Ingalls but c'mon people she's uh....what;s the Russian word for lousy ?

871 days ago


Technically, he was her partner and could be blamed for her getting hurt so he's probably just trying to make it seem like he was at no fault whatsover for her "bumping her head". I'm not saying he's to blame at all, but just pointing out that he's her partner and they did this dance together.

871 days ago


Good to hear Melissa will be back and dancing next week. But, Katherine Jenkins continues to stand out as the leader this season, not just for her flawless beauty and graceful dancing skills, but also for the still unexplained controversy over her remarkable likeness to 60s TV puppet Lady Penelope of Thunderbirds. What gives? What do you think? Are we nuts?

871 days ago


He said no such thing. Classic case of media twisting words to strum up their own "ratings". *sigh*

871 days ago


Maks is super hot, and implied no such thing about the producers. Why do these people even humor you, TMZ? You just distort everything they say for the sake of a scandalous-seeming headline.

871 days ago


maks is too rough with his partners,and he is never wrong
sooo arrogant

871 days ago


Somebody needs to explain the concept of "loyalty" to Max. Some things should remain internal in an organization. He is not irreplaceable and I have not read where anybody else is knocking the door down to hire his arrogant azz.

871 days ago


You have to watch the whole performance, the clip that TMZ is showing isn't where she got hurt. At the end of the performance she hit her head on his knee, that's why he fell.

871 days ago

Miz Val    

This man better get his ego in check. before he finds himself on the outside looking in. His brother seem like a much nicer person.

871 days ago
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