Maksim Chmerkovskiy Calls Out Derek Hough, Won't Apologize to Dancing With the Stars Judges

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy sort of backed off his comments Monday about Dancing With the Stars being "his" show, but is still plenty pissed at the judges.

Chmerkovskiy laid into Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli after what he believed were scathing, personal critiques of his routine with Hope Solo.

Lacey Schwimmer and Chaz Bono, who were eliminated Tuesday night, felt similarly and supported Maksim, but Ricki Lake's partner Derek Hough took the judges' side.

That drew a stinging rebuke from Chmerkovskiy ...

Maks on DWTS
Handsome Derek Hough

"Derek Hough has been very supportive of his personal career on the show," Maksim said in an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

"With all due respect, if I had Nicole Scherzinger followed by Jennifer Grey followed by Ricki Lake, I probably would not be upset with the judges either."

Maksim wishes he hadn't said in the heat of the moment that DWTS is "his" show and he is the reason for its success, acknowledging it's a team effort.

But he won't praise the judges, either.

"I had a long conversation with my dad and I don't regret anything," he reflected on GMA. "That's why I think I'm misunderstood in this situation."

"Everyone is waiting for me to bow my head and plead for forgiveness. I have nothing to apologize for. I'm in the business because I love it."

"The one thing I'm not going to embrace is pointing fingers and disrespectful remarks," he explained. "Why are judges allowed to compare us to animals and point their fingers and then we can't say our side and show our opinion?"

"I can't really lose with remarks like this."

Whose side are you on?


I absolutely agree with Max. When was the last time that Derek had a partner that had never danced before. I don't see him dancing with the Macy Gray,Cloris Leachman, Kate Gosselin. He gets the best of the women. I'm sure Derek yells too, BUT they don't show that on the show as he is their 'golden' boy!


Maybe it is time for all involved to be in the 99%. At least these individuals should be eligible for unemployment. Maksim has his businesses but what about the three individuals who feel they have the right to make personal comments about people who are usually honestly trying. Maybe it si time to do some "Turning of Tables" on these three. There is plenty of fodder for comments on Carrie Ann Who, Len Senile Greenpapers and Grossly Inappropriate Bruno.
I am sure Tom B. can find some individuals with better dancing credentials, manners (morals-ethics)and FUN!!!!!


Maks needs to grow up and show some respect for the judges. If he can't take the heat, then he needs to get out of the kitchen. Sounds like a sore loser to me!


I agree with Max for being upset about the judging, I just wished he hadn't said what he did to Len (too personal). He does help make the show and I am glad that he apologized for his statement about it, it is a team effort. I love the show but the judges do get personal and they are never critized for it. Max is who he is, ego and all, he is gorgeous and he knows it but he can also laugh at himself because of it. Sometimes I cut off the sound when they judge. I think Carrie Ann is the most level headed and honest. But all three judges can be and are very biased about who they like and it is obvious. I agree that they should critique the dancing and live the person alone. Giving pointers as to improvement is a good thing, making someone feel horrible and embarrassed about themselves is not.


DEBBZ: You don't even know the names of the people you refer to.
Max danced with KIRSTIE ALLEY!!!!! And the last person voted off




DWTS to me is sort of a TURN-OFF! the reason is the DISRESPECTFUL JUDGES, & THEY ACTUALLY THINK THAT THOSE TYPES OF REMARKS BOOST UP THE RATINGS!! It probably does, But what it actually does is these celebrities get DISSED! , & they know that & let it happen for the world to see !! It makes the celebrities look bad !!(RUINING THEIR IMAGE IF YOU ASK ME !!) CHAD BONO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER ! He did not need to go on T.V. like that knowing that with his recent sex change criticizm was INEVITABLE !!


I enjoy watching DWTS, but I am embarrassed by some of the comments made by the judges, especially Bruno. Comparing contestants to animals, good or bad, is not necessary. No over-weight person needs to be told they look like a penguin! Critique the dance moves, but don't embarrass the dancer! BTW, when Max is dancing, I am not watching the celebrity!


The fact is that Derek lifts up his dancing partners with support, love, and respect. It appears as if Maks tries to "beat" the dancing out of his partners. I don't think he would have won if he had some of Derek's partners--he would not have supported them and allowed them to shine the same as Derek would. I think Maks wants to be the center of attention always in the couple--with that attitude, his partners will never be able to see their true, full potential because Maks ego won't let them...


Well I am the minority for sure. Good Maksim, your finally told those judges what you should have told them long ago. You should have won at least 3 times that I can clearly remember. Brandy, Mel B and another person that comes to mind. They chose to bump up Kirty Alley (no doubt my girl), but let us keep it real; she was not all that. Carry Ann crusified poor Brandy and so did Len. I wished he would have sounded off then but he did not. They are bias. J.R. should have gotten 3 tens but they favored Rikki and Derek. Who has been more challenged than poor Tony and Cheryl and yet they do a fantastic job. Right on Maksim!! you should have gotten that mirror 3 times and they clearly cheated you. Why? Abuse of power has been diaplayed and he call them out. Apologize only because you respect Len as an older more experience person. You did what you had to do.

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