"I am not quitting the show," Maksim Chmerkovskiy said Wednesday, backing off previous comments he had made that suggested he was through with the reality competition.
The dancer's claims about departing the show were made "at a time when I was very stressed out. Sure, there's lucrative offers. There are things that I really want to do with my life other than this show, that's a given. After coming down from two seasons back to back, ten weeks each season, it takes its toll."
It certainly takes its toll in the love department, if you ask Sabrina Bryan, Mark Ballas, Mario Lopez or Karina Smirnoff!
Chmerkovskiy says he regrets speaking so casually about his future on Dancing with the Stars.
"This show is amazing and it's rewarding. After last season I thought there's no way I could top off the experience with [Laila Ali] and then I get [Melanie Brown] as a partner this season. I want people - especially my fans - to know that I appreciate their support. I am not turning my back on the show. I don't want people to feel betrayed. I love this show."