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Maksim Chmerkovskiy

'Dancing' Exaggerated

Melissa's Injuries for Ratings

4/10/2012 1:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"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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46.

Diana    

it doesn't even look like she made a strong contact with the floor from this video.

894 days ago
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Texas    

I have to agree with majority of the comments. It is FAKE. Maks will do anything for rating and Melissa was not good. I watched the video several times and did not see her hit her head. Every season someone gets hurt but I have never known them to stay out a night. She is a phoney I hope they hurry and let her go. She did this for sympathy.

894 days ago
48.

YoUrMaMa    

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a smart a$$ jerk. He is the reason I am not watching DWTS this year. I can not stand his ****y attitude! He is rude to everyone and thinks he owns that show. I agree with above posts... he needs to find another job because he does not appreciate the one he has. SMH

894 days ago
49.

cregis    

Maks is my favorite and detest Melissa Gilbert, but obviously somebody remembered Miranda Richardson and got Gilbert to the hospital.

894 days ago
50.

Firefly    

TMZ why don't you show the clip where she actually hits her head on his knee. I am really getting sick of the way you and ABC and NBC etc. don't give all the facts, leave important facts out, make things up to suit your agenda and get more hits. Shame on Y'all.

894 days ago
51.

Susie    

If she hit her head I sure can't see it. Put it on a slow mode too and if anything her hair might have hit a small bit but there was definately no head jarring bounce or anything. Really makes me even more positive and happy I am NOT watching the show anymore.

894 days ago
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Rachel Rothechild    

That was my 1st instinctual feeling was it was planned bad acting or she was drunk again and it was a great story to hide it. The question is would harles ingeles approve?

894 days ago
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Rachel Rothechild    

Dancing with stars reminds me of failed circus with the stars, stars on ice, etc. they sucked so does this show. Disney is scrambling now there is going to be a so called black bachelor to save the idiocy of forced conversation about it on the View.

894 days ago
54.

halina    

OK - Maks may be arrogant & whatever, but I agree the media does make big things our of a mole hill. Now back to Maks, he is great dancer & he may be opinated but give him a break, he has some tough contestents to deal with. And look how well he has done. As for Derek, he's so full of himself - personally I can't stand his whining about this/that. And he has had some great young dancers. Would love to see him patched with a heavier older woman - see what he can do with her. Look at Tony D. - he is forever matched with women who cannot dance nor want to be there. He did well with Martina - too bad they had to go so early in the competition. Next week Derek/Marie should go - heard about her foot problem.

893 days ago
55.

kris    

Rushed to the hospital for bumping her head? I saw the show. She bumped her hair. Take her to the hospital for more plastic surgery...

892 days ago
56.

Dottie    

I am constantly amazed at how people misconstrue every word that Maks says. He can't win!! Melissa did not hit her head on the floor, it was on his knee hence, he fell. I have met Maks more than once, and he is NOT arrogant, etc. etc. He is very kind to his fans and congenial to everyone. The man is handsome, great dancer, loves his family, ( who I've also met)and generally and all around good guy. Stop making up stories and mixing up every word!!!

892 days ago
57.

walkthisway    

I like DTWS but detest Melissa Gilbert. Someone wants her on there, like they did that nauseating Chastity Bono (who, by the way, they have made sure to show in the audience the last two weeks!! Enough of this cow, already!!). She is terrible and looks like a horse with all that plastic surgery. NO WAY did she get more of the popular vote than Sherri Sheppard. I like too many of the dancers this year to not watch, but there is a lot of rigging and unnecessary drama. Watch out ABC or this show will tank.

892 days ago
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ANN HOLSWORTH    

i WOULD LIKE TO TELL DARICK THAT YOU ARE NO MAX AND ANY ONE THAT DANCES WITH YOU IS SURELY NOT TRUNED ON I AM 70 YRS OLD AND YOU LOOK GAY TO ME SO DON'T GIVE ANYONE ANY CRAP ABOUT NOT BEING ATTRACTIVE ENOUGH TO DANCE WITH YOU . YOU ARE NOT AND NEVER WILL COMPARE TO YOUR SISTER. I DO LIKE MAX AND HIS BROTHER THEY REALLY LOOK LIKE MEN NOT LIKE YOU WIMP THE ONLY ONE THAT LOOKS LIKE SHE HAS BIGGER BREAST THEN YOU IS BROOKE

868 days ago
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ANN HOLSWORTH    

I think Brook should be replaced she looks like a freak with those fake big way to big boobs. How come Cheyrl Burke can look so sexy with low cut costumes and Brook Also Darick you are not hot in fact you look gay and you probably could not have turned on Cloris There is no one too unattractive to be your partner You will never compare to jullieann and she is the only reason you even got on dwts it sure wasn't because of your looks and you are about as mahco as Brono but at least Brono makes up for it I love him as a judge

867 days ago
60.

Bettsie     

Maks is so HOT he made Monday nights great . Match him with someone his age instead of draging some older women around. I'd love to pick him up in my new Mercedes and take him for a drive, but my boyfriend would be mad.Anyways that show really has something against Maks.

861 days ago
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