Maksim Chmerkovskiy Explains Why He's Not Returning for Dancing With the Stars' New Season
Has Maksim Chmerkovskiy tangoed off to greener pastures? When Dancing With the Stars announced its Season 16 cast on Tuesday, Feb. 26, several big names were missing from the list of dancing pros paired with celebrity contestants: Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower, Louis van Amstel, and, most noticeably, Chmerkovskiy, who has appeared in almost every cycle since Season 2. And now the 33-year-old is explaining why.
"I just want to set the record straight to all of my amazing fans that I will unfortunately not be returning for this season of Dancing With the Stars," Chmerkovskiy said in a statement after the cast was revealed on Good Morning America. "I've been a pro dancer on the show for about seven years now and am eager to explore other opportunities that have been made possible because of Dancing With the Stars. I'm going to take this time to dive into producing and acting, while fulfilling my sponsorship obligations."
"A big thank you to all of my fans for your never-ending support," he added. "I also want to thank the entire cast and production of Dancing With the Stars."
Asked about Chmerkovskiy and the other missing pros, a rep for the show told The Hollywood Reporter: "We frequently rotate the professional dancers, so it is not unusual for them to rest a cycle. As we consider who will be matched up each season, there are a lot of factors that dictate which couples make the best pairings. We appreciate each of our dancers' dedication to the show, so this is a very difficult decision. Anna, Chelsie, Louis, and Maks continue to be a part of the Dancing With the Stars family."
Chmerkovskiy previously expressed a desire to leave the ABC reality competition when his contract expires at the end of 2013. "What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons? It makes total sense," he told the New York Post in September. "The audience can't expect for me to want to stick around, and the producers can't expect for me to want to stick around."
"I wish [the show] the next 50 years of success," he added. "But I have to do something else. I need to move on for me."
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Maksim Chmerkovskiy Explains Why He's Not Returning for Dancing With the Stars' New Season
Fergie, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Heidi Klum all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.Watch Video »
Diva Double Date
Beyonce and Alicia Keys double date with their famous hubbies on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Where Are They?
See what the cast of "American Beauty" is up to today.Watch Video »
J.Lo's Mini Me
Jennifer Lopez shares an adorable photo of her look-alike daughter, plus more celebritots on social media on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Prince Harry, Jessica Alba and more stars who threw out the first pitch at baseball games.Watch Video »
Sofia Vergara poses in a revealing neon bikini while her "Modern Family" castmates hit the beach in Australia on Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Like us on Facebook?
UP NEXTMr. Worldwide
From Crowd Ignite