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Maksim Chmerkovskiy

I'm DONE with

'Dancing with the Stars'

2/22/2013 3:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy's days of sequin unitards are OVER ... 'cause TMZ has learned the Bad Boy of the Ballroom is officially leaving "Dancing with the Stars."

Sources close to the production tell us ... Maksim spoke with producers a few days ago and informed them that he wouldn't be returning for the upcoming season.

FYI -- the 33-year-old dancer has been on the show since Season 2 (2006) ... and partnered up with stars like Misty May, Laila Ali, Erin Andrews, Kirstie Alley and Mel B.

We're told Maksim wants to stay in the entertainment world ... and is currently pursuing movie and TV projects.

As for Maksim's brother Val -- we're told he WILL return to the show ... so don't worry America, you'll still get your Chmerkovskiy fix.

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Cowgurleee    

David Caruso, 1994

552 days ago
62.

Cricket    

He's hot! His attitude sucks sometimes. Hope that improves or he'll be finished

552 days ago
63.

Flygal    

OH! No! He was the onlyone I watch the show for. He can sure dance and I will miss him and look forward to see him in pictures

552 days ago
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ladyjay12    

Yes, Max was a little bullish on people, but that is his personility, as for leaving DWTS he will be missed because he was one of the best male dancers there.

552 days ago
65.

Lurker    

Who cares? He just lost his meal ticket because of his ego. He deserves to fade away into oblivion. Unfortunately when he discovers this, he will be back and more obnoxious than ever because his bad behavior draws viewers.

552 days ago
66.

Gretel    

Note to Max: I understand that you think you are the be-all-and-end-all of dancers, men, TV show "stars," demi-gods, and just about anything else organic or inorganic on the planet. Here's the clue that should make you consider maybe you're not: This story has been up for about 15 hours and I am the 86th, or so, commenter. You couldn't even make it to 100 on TMZ Max. Get a grip boy. No one will miss you.

552 days ago
67.

Just_A_Post    

I thought he made it clear during last season that he wasn't returning. Maybe he was just testing the waters to see if he could get a raise?

552 days ago
68.

Twilightstar    

Wow. I enjoyed watching Maks dance. He sure is cute and sexy but he had a terrible attitude. Maybe that was just his character on the show?

Hope this works out for him but Hollywood is a fickle lover.

Kids -- Make sure you get the NEW job before you leave the OLD job. Just sayin'

552 days ago
69.

NYCBlackMan    

Thank god cause hes annoying anyway with that nasty stuck up attitude..............he dont know no better!

552 days ago
70.

Michell    

Yes!Arrogant bastard!

552 days ago
71.

Rocco Tebow    

Im surprised he stayed as long as he did. But if he had not disrespected the judges as he did, he would of won 2 or 3 times. He was so ****y at times.

552 days ago
72.

Alejandro    

OMG...! That's awesome..! When you are that arrogant, you need to work behind the cameras. I think his brother is a little more humble. Oh well, looking forward for the new season without Mr. BIG EGO..!

552 days ago
73.

casey    

Good Riddance...!
Wish you would have left when you were still respected .....

guess that is your fault though...

552 days ago
74.

kathi    

Maks was a really great performer. The judges gave him and his students such very hard critisiums I am surpised that he lasted as long as he did !

552 days ago
75.

Carla628    

He should have his own show, Good Luck!

552 days ago
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