Sad news – Maksim Chmerkovskiy just confirmed that he won’t be dancing next season on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars.
“I’m done dancing,” the 34-year-old dancer said on The View on Tuesday (July 29). “I feel like it’s time.”
“I loved the experience,” he added. “When I came back to the show, it was not the same…I was different, probably…When I came back, I saw this amazing talent, Val [Chmerkovskiy, his brother] included…I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better, I was taking up a huge spot.”
Maks finally won the mirror ball during season eighteen with Olympian partner Meryl Davis.
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Reigning Dancing With The Stars champions Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, along with Charlie White and Sharna Burgess are all reuniting for Shall We Dance On Ice!
“Announcing #ShallWeDance on Ice at @USCCBloomington on Dec 16, headlined by @Meryl_Davis, @CharlieaWhite, @MaksimC & @SharnaBurgess!” Disson Skating made the announcement over Twitter on Wednesday (July 2).
In truth, both Maks and Sharna are “special guests” and Meryl will be mostly be performing with Charlie, her professional partner. Charlie‘s fiance Tanith Belbin will also reunite with her partner, Ben Agosto for the show, plus French champions Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat, and many more.
“This event will showcase a journey of dance through the ages with dancing and skating. Music and special effects will create the segments of time and genre of dance, which will be performed by dancers and transition into elegant productions on the ice,” the event boasts.
Shall We Dance On Ice will debut on Tuesday, December 16th in Bloomington, Ill.
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy steps out for the 2014 Cantamessa Collection Preview held at Vertigo Sky Lounge on Thursday evening (June 5) in Chicago, Ill.
Just the day before, the 34-year-old pro dancer and reigning Dancing With The Stars champion had an insanely busy day, promoting his new collection of fine jewelry.
“Warm Chi-town welcome for @cantamessaman crew! Thank you!” he wrote on Twitter.
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Maks also visited a few Bloomingdales locations and met with his fans.
“Amazing time at @Bloomingdales #BloomiesNorthMichigan ! Thank you to all who came and my apologies for not being able to spend more time with you all! @cantamessaman,” he wrote.
Dancing With The Stars champ Meryl Davis meets up with her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy in New York City on Monday night (June 2).
The 27-year-old Olympian caught up with Maksim, 34, just before he heads out of town to promote his jewelry line, Cantamessa Men. Meryl is in town with her ice dancing partner Charlie White with the Puffs team.
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“All is right in the world again! Got my long awaited hug!” Maksim captioned with the adorable photo.
We’ve just found our new favorite picture of Dancing With The Stars Season 18 champs Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy!
The winners celebrated their win with Maks‘ brother Val and good friend Tony Dovolani, along with Tony‘s wife Lina and fellow dancer Jenna Jameson, and grabbed some dinner in the skybox at TAO Downtown in New York City on Thursday night (May 22).
The group dined on Chilean Sea Bass, Dim Sum, and assorted sushi – yum!
“Lots to celebrate and the only place to do it in! Thank you @TaoDowntown for the hospitality! @tonydovolani @iamvalc,” Maks wrote afterwards on Instagram.
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Meryl Davis picks up a cool drink while out in New York City on Thursday afternoon (May 22) with a friend.
The 27-year-old Olympian and Dancing With The Stars champion stopped by The Wendy Williams Show earlier in the day with her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and put all those dating rumors to rest.
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“We’re not dating. No. We like to keep the personal lives personal,” Meryl simply stated when asked about all of the off-screen romance rumors floating about.
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Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – The Wendy Williams Show, 5/22
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Meryl Davis is all smiles next to Maksim Chmerkovskiy during their appearance on Access Hollywood in New York City on Wednesday afternoon (May 21).
The Dancing With The Stars season 18 winners chatted with hosts Billy Bush and Kit Harrington on taking the mirrored ball trophy home.
“We said yesterday [to each other] that if Amy [Purdy] and Derek [Hough] been called as winners, all would be right in the world, there would be no drama, we wouldn’t be upset. My mom maybe would be upset again, but she deserved it,” Maks shared.
He added, “So did Candace [Cameron Bure], so did Charlie [White]. God knows Charlie did not deserve not to be in the finals; James [Maslow] and Peta [Murgatroyd] were amazing as well. it was an incredible season and so much fun and so positive. We [myself and Meryl] did all we could to do and stuck with our guns. For me, she’s brilliant.”
Watch their interview below!