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 am glad that someone else recognize the horrible attitude of Max. I think he tries to "show off" and "over dance or overshadow" his partners. He has a "look at me" attitude and I don't like him


max is a hot head and its his attitude that turns viewers off. he will never win the show because people just do not like him. and he thinks he is so hot, which he is not. all around ZERO. just keepin it real.


I totally agree with the previous poster Matt. Maks has had terrific partners. If you can't win with Mel B something is wrong with your choreography. I think Maks lacks great choreography. He is very good but he's not in a league with Derek, Mark or (on the women's side, Lacey, Cheryl and formerly Julianne). He just sometimes doesn't come up with great choreography the way some o the ohers do. Not that he isn't good of course, he is but he is not the best. He also isn't as patient with the celebs as Derek is which I think makes the celebs tense up, lose confidence as we saw Hope do and many other of his partners have done.I also think he lacks the flexibility and speed in his own dancing that Derek and Mark have-maybe its that they are younger or have different body types but they just seem lighter on their feet. I think Maks is very much replaceable.


Maks is an arrogant ass!

Maryanne gaeta

I must be in a minority, because i do not like this guy Max, i never did....yeah, the judges were wrong comparing some of the celebs to animals, but the way i see it is this Max character knew from the beginning what the judges were all the old saying goes; if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen....i for one am hoping he does not return next season on dwts..... even more i'm hoping this show gets cancelled.... it should be called Dancing with the circus clowns......nuf said.....


If I feel like watching "put down" commentary I will watch Fox News Channel. Please don't turn DWTS into that. Judges personal derogatory comments are not needed




I'd also like to point out that Derek has absolutely NOT got nothing but praise. He suffered a very similar meltdown to the one Maks just had with Shannon Elizabeth. Also, even in the case of Nicole, let's not forget his infamous Quickstep that earned a 6 from Len!


The comparisons with Derek don't really make any sense. Maks said that Derek got all these amazing partners, but this really isn't the case aside from Nicole. Brooke, for example, was a model. Up until that point, models had the worst track record on the show, usually getting booted in the first 2 weeks. Jennifer Grey was 50 something years old! And Ricki is overweight! I would counter that the partners Maks got, at least on paper, have been even better that what Derek has gotten. Derek got Nicole, Maks got Mel B. Derek got Ricki, Maks got Kirstie. Derek got Brooke, Maks got Erin Andrews. And now Maks has Hope. On paper at least, athletes usually do extremely well, and have taken the Mirrorball on many occasions. Ultimately, how everything turns out in the end is more about the teaching of the professional. Derek is turning the overweight Ricki Lake into a sensation. Whereas Maks is unfortuantely wasting the athletic potential of Hope.

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