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'DWTS' pro Derek Hough addresses controversial remark about Maks Chmerkovskiy

'DWTS' pro Derek Hough used Twitter on Aug. 4 to clarify remarks he made about fellow show pro Maks Chmerkovskiy.
'DWTS' pro Derek Hough used Twitter on Aug. 4 to clarify remarks he made about fellow show pro Maks Chmerkovskiy.
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For the second time in as many weeks, "Dancing with the Stars" pro Derek Hough is on the offensive over an item reported by the media. On Aug. 4, the five-time mirror ball trophy winner hit Twitter to clarify an unflattering statement he made about fellow dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

The item that inspired Hough's tweet to fans was an Aug. 3 USA Today article that quoted the 29-year old dancer as calling Chmerkovskiy " incredibly insecure." The piece also featured an apparent admonishment of Chmerkovskiy that read "[i]f you're very confident in who you are, you wouldn't have reason to lash out."

Hough responded to fan criticism with an explanatory tweet that both took responsibility for poor word choice and cast blame on the reporter for taking his comments "out of context." After explaining that the comment was about a specific week of the "DWTS" season 18 competition that saw Chmerkovskiy and celebrity partner Meryl Davis sharing a quiet moment before their performance, he admitted to choosing the wrong word to describe his fellow dancer. Rather than calling him "insecure," Hough termed "vulnerable" a better descriptor. He closed out the tweet by offering an apology to both Chmerkovskiy and his fans.

Hough's post was the second time in recent history that saw him correcting a published news item via Twitter. The first came on July 23 when he blasted a report that claimed he suffered abuse at the hands of ballroom dance mentors Corky and Shirley Ballas during his time as their live-in student in London.

Although "Dancing with the Stars" returns to ABC on Sept. 15 with an all-new cast of celebrity contestants, Hough has remained mum on whether or not he will dance for a record sixth mirror ball trophy, but he's certainly been busy with other pursuits. His book, entitled "Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion" is set for release on Aug. 5 and is already Amazon's number one seller in the ballroom dance genre. He also recently completed a limited set of dates of "Move Live on Tour" with younger sister Julianne.