Maksim Chmerkovskiy to leave 'Dancing with the Stars' after his current contract expires

By Gina DiFalco,

After 15 seasons with ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy will quit after his current contract runs out.

The professional dancer will be completing two more seasons after this upcoming all-star season before he’s finished for good.

Maksim told The New York Post, “What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons? It makes total sense. 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.”

He will move on to other projects, such as a film career. He starts filming with a major Hollywood production studio this January.

“Essentially, 80% of our job is to give somebody another push in their career,” he explained. “Or we make them into likable characters. But at the end of the day, they go off and they better themselves. I loved doing it. But to be honest with you, at 32, I am at what-about-me time.’

He continued, “I am not thinking that with me leaving, the show will go off the air or anything. Like my dad said, ‘There are no irreplacable people.’ I wish them the next 50 years of success. But I have to do something else. I need to move on for me.“

E! News reports that on Monday, Maks will appear with his former partner Kirstie Alley for the all-star season’s premiere.

“We may have had a couple of weeks last time that we cruised on popularity or fan appeal or whatever," he said. "But I am not really sure that is going to work for us this time. I am not sure people are going to vote for us just because it is us."



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