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Maksim Chmerkovskiy

I Hurt My Moneymaker ...

MY ANKLE!!!

4/21/2013 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0419-tmz-maksim-chmerkovskiyEven if Maksim Chmerkovskiy does want to dance with stars again, the Ukrainian pro needs ankle surgery before he can even consider a return to "Dancing with the Stars."

As TMZ first reported
, Maksim sat out the most recent season to pursue other entertainment gigs ... so far he's got an appearance on "General Hospital" to show for it.

Sources tell us, producers at "DWTS" desperately want Maksim to return to the show next season. But sources close to Maksim say that won't be possible until he gets surgery on one of his ankles.

We're told the wear and tear of working with untrained dancers each season has taken its toll Maksim (as opposed to dancing with another pro, which is way easier).

Our sources say producers are throwing around various ideas to make Maksim a part of the show in any way possible ... perhaps as just a choreographer.

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16.

Macy12    

He's so hot !!!!!

447 days ago
17.

John    

The show has been dull without him.

447 days ago
18.

alex    

I'll kiss it till it's all better

447 days ago
19.

mr.howell     

Then don't wear 'Pumps' when you dance!..girl!.lol!.

447 days ago
20.

mr.howell     

In Vegas, people actually pay money to sit and watch this crappy show live!..

447 days ago
21.

KicksandGiggles    

Tell the surgeon to give him a new attitude, one that includes gratefulness, humility, and tact. He is NOT all that -- looks or dancing!!!

447 days ago
22.

What!     

Rude Boy

447 days ago
23.

Cricket    

This guy became too big for his britches awhile ago. His attitude is horrible. I bet they weren't too sad to see him go, can't imagine they'd want him back.

447 days ago
24.

GregSr    

This guy's ego is more than I can tolerate. The show is better without him.

446 days ago
25.

megan    

DWTS needs to stop bringing on the BIG old gals!!! They're heavy, clumsy, often stiff, look ridiculous in ill-advised costumes, and are fricken downright dangerous....Horrible to watch too. Like watching Cows in Drag...Wynona , Nancy Grace, etc. You only get one body and it's abusive of ABC to knowingly risk these dancer's bodies.

446 days ago
26.

Sundra Chalid    

Come back please

446 days ago
27.

Tracey    

He should try prolotherapy first. It regenerates soft tissue.

446 days ago
28.

JimmyMackey    

Maks is my wife’s favorite dancer on this show and I’m sure, like some of the people commenting here, a draw to the show in general. I think the producers are smart to keep him on there in some way. Well, if I didn’t have to work at my job at DISH so early in the morning, I would watch the show at night, but it works out to watch in the morning when I’m getting ready. I love it because I can start watching in the bedroom, then switch to the kitchen and pick up right where I left off with my DISH Hopper DVR. I finish in the living room while I’m drinking my coffee and waking up so it really helps me watch more TV than I have time otherwise.

445 days ago
29.

Chris    

Bring Max back as a judge to replace Bruno who is an embarrassment to the show.

424 days ago
30.

Bettsie     

Bring Max back although ankle surgery is dicey . Let's get the best doctor and bring back some REAL Dancing and handsome to boot. Val is just as good. These brothers and true classy professionals.

415 days ago
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