Maksim Chmerkovskiy, also known as the ballroom's troublemaker, will be leaving "Dancing With the Stars" at the end of next year.
According to the New York Post, the Ukrainian dancer is ready to move on and leave the "DWTS" ballroom behind. However, fans shouldn't despair just yet, as Maks, is going to be on the show for three more seasons before he splits for good.
But, while his contract requires that he stay until the end of 2013, the outspoken pro can't wait to get on with the next chapter in his life.
"What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons?" Maks told the Post, "It makes total sense. The audience can't expect for me to want to stick around, and the producers can't expect for me to want to stick around."
Plus, Maks has also "caught the acting bug" after he landed a role in an upcoming movie that starts shooting in January. He didn't think it was his time to be an actor, but he's found out otherwise.
"I never thought I was ready... Then I had a whole day of reading with the director and casting director, and I enjoyed it so much!" Maks said, "I caught the bug, as they say. This is something I really want to do."
The 32-year-old pro dancer says he is also ready for some "me time," in addition to more movie acting, and perhaps starting a reality show with his brother and fellow "DWTS" dancer, Val.
"Essentially, 80% of our job is to give somebody another push in their career. Or we make them into likable characters," Maks continued, "But, to be honest with you, at 32, I am at a what-about-me time."
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