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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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BJ    

I KNEW THAT THE INJURY FOR MELLISA WAS FAKE JUST TO STAY ON THE SHOW!!!!!!!!! NOW TONIGHT WE HAVE ANOTHER FAKE BACK INJURY, THAT GOT HER INTO THE FINALS. THIS IS SO OBVIOUS AND UNDERHANDED!!!!!!

828 days ago
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sara    

The problem with Mark is that he is more concerned about show casing himself than his partner. He stepped all over Catherine and even after viewing the replay did not admit it. He just as well go out there and dance by himself - it comes off that he wants the center of attention. Hope they don't bring him back - he really hurts his partner's chances of winning. Give us a break, Mark, we don't watch just to see you.

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