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Is Maks Chmerkovskiy quitting ‘Dancing With the Stars’ for the second time?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy disappointed a whole lot of women across the U.S. today on “The View” when he stated that he’s not returning as a dancer to “Dancing With the Stars.” July 29 was the day you heard a collective groan from Maks’s fans.

Is Maks really not coming back to "Dancing With the Stars"?
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Maks Chmerkovskiy, the “bad boy of the ballroom,” has been on “DWTS” since Season 2. He recently won Season 18 with his partner, ice dancer Meryl Davis. It was Maks’s first win in all those years

Maks quit once before after Season 15, the so-called All-Star Season. But he was back on the dance floor in Season 18. During his hiatus, he was a guest judge on the show and his experience proved invaluable.

So is Maks coming back as a judge? That’s a definite maybe. Len Goodman dropped a bomb on the last show of Season 18 when he said he might not be coming back. Len is getting up there in years and the weekly commute from London, where he judges “Strictly Come Dancing,” the show that spawned “Dancing With the Stars,” is wearing on him.

If Maks Chmerkovskiy doesn’t dance or judge, what will he do? The Ukrainian heartthrob has a lot going on. He owns a dance studio franchise, “Dance With Me,” with brother Val Chmerkovskiy and fellow “DWTS” pro Tony Dovolani. Maks has made no bones about the fact that he wants to act. He’s done a little of that and has starred in a country music video.

Maks claims his reason for not wanting to come back is that he’s taking up too much room on the show. More specifically, “I loved the experience. When I came back to the show, it was not the same…I was different, probably…When I came back, I saw this amazing talent, Val[Chmerkovskiy, his brother] included … I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better, I was taking up a huge spot.”

So what do the powers that be at “Dancing With the Stars” think of all this? Do they want Maks back? Yes, they do. Listen to back-again show runner Rob Wade.

“I've just come back to the show, but I was on the show in season one and Maks came on in season two, so I’ve known Maks for 10 years now and he’s a very good friend. I’m absolutely hoping Maks comes back to the show. I don’t know whether it’s going to be as a dancer. I think there’s a number of different things we can talk to him about and the way he’d be involved in the show. Maks will always be part of “Dancing With the Stars in some way.”

Along with the possibility of no Maks, it's also being rumored that Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke and a few other pros may not be returning. Will this make room for pros we haven’t seen in a while like Chelsie Hightower, Anna Trebunskaya and Louis Van Amsdel? At this point, it’s all speculation. We’re going to have to wait till the cast reveal to see who steps out on stage.

Season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars” premiers on Monday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

QUOTE SOURCE: E! News Online