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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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Trying to have Max lose his job? It's no story.

891 days ago


If this was the "bump," it didn't happen. Period.

891 days ago


Gladys Night is as good as gone. What a surprise.

891 days ago


The lady never touched the floor,, with her head, anyways...

891 days ago


Does it really matter what happens on this moronic show. They have destroyed the show with all the freaks, geeks, and political agendas; and no one is watching it except for a bunch of bottom feeders; so who cares. Maks is the only thing the show has going for it. PERIOD.

891 days ago

Zeny W    

The clip that TMZ is showing isn't the moment when she hurt her head. She hit her head on his leg in the spin where he fell down.

891 days ago


Unlike this arrogant a s s h a t who stomps his foot and snorts when he doesn't get his own way. That show gets phonier by the day.

891 days ago


Sherri Shepard got elimanited from DWTS. I will admit

891 days ago


I am so sorry the show took such a bad turn a few years ago. The original idea of a non dancer was good and fun. Then they got ex dancers and movers and shakers and the whole show fell apart and lost its purpose. I really had to stop watching with all the before show stuff, with the so called impromptu clips, with the camera in their face.

891 days ago


What bump?{rolls eyes}
However I never trust a man who waxes his chest.Maks is addicted to himself.What a waste

891 days ago


What a total load of BS. Look at it closely in full screen. Her freaking bun never even hits the floor, so her head surely never did. Likely this is the producers trying to up their ratings with their accomplices...a whiny has-been actress and a "renegade" (sure you are) opinionated full-time dancer. Sure glad I no longer watch this show.

891 days ago


Maks is always straddled with older actresses who come with a previously broken back like Melissa or fat with no rhythm. The last and only great dancer he had was Scarey Spice and he nearly won......I say next season give him a good dancer so he can finally have some fun instead of dragging and carrying the women thru the dance.

891 days ago


What a reality show that makes up stuff for ratings that is un herd of.

891 days ago

American Mom    

He said, "No, Dancing with the Stars does not. They amplify it a bit but they definitly don't fake it". Later he begins speaking of people who come on the show with previous injuries and then the dance amplifies their injuries. I think this conversation was lost in translation a bit. I get what he is saying. Dance is rough and if you have prior injuries they are bound to resurface. Maks can say anything and everyone or shall I say "MAN" tries to twist it all around to make him look bad. Dudes! Give it up! You can not make Maks look bad! Maks and his brother Val must have to deal everyday with jealous men trying to make them look bad. It will not work. They are beautiful gentlemen. You go Maks!!!!

891 days ago

Ashton Roby    

We asked if "Dancing" producers tend to play up celebrity injuries on the show for ratings

891 days ago
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