Lacey Schwimmertold the press backstage after Monday’s show, "Regardless of what Maks said, and if he hurt people's feelings, he had the courage to stand up for his partner, and I think that is amazing. It's hard to hear your friend bullied by three people who we're supposed to respect. It's unnecessary and rude, especially with all the bullying going on in the world."
Tony Dovolani, Maks’ best friend, toldTooFab, "As dancers we always have to be able to stand up for ourselves and Maks stood up for his partner. We always try to protect them. It's a very one-sided talk show. As dancers a lot of times people just want us to shut up and dance, but every once in a while we put our heart into it, then we feel passionately about something and we voice our opinion. If you ever ask me I will always tell you I'm on a dancer's side."
Val Chmerkovskiytweeted of his brother, "He’s the most generous person I have ever met, and I don't mean towards me! Cowards say what people like to hear... Remember that he might be the only person that actually exposes his real emotions on this show."
Derek Houghtold the press after Monday’s show, "As a seasoned professional, [he] should know not to do that. There's a certain amount of self control you should have. Last week, I knew going in it wasn't going to be our best dance. I don't get upset about it, I expect it and then I take it with grace and move on.
J.R. Martinez told E!, "He did go a little too far with it, but it is what it is."
Karina Smirnoff, J.R.’s partner, told E!, "We danced right after Maks so I just wanted to make sure that the judges made sure that we didn't concur with Maks' opinion...He needs a hug."
Louis van Amstel said in his ABC blog, "As a pro, if you talk back to the judges it always makes you look like the bad guy, even if you're right. I’m not saying I agree with Maks, because I actually don't. Len never really explained why he said Maks was part of the problem, because he cut Len off. These discussions, in my opinion, are good because this was real. But, often times, Len blurts out statements that are so fabricated. I wish it was always real."
ON THE FENCE:
Tristan MacManus, Nancy Grace’s partner took a more netural stance to the whole debate. "People have reactions to things and everyone has their own opinion,” the newbie pro said. “That was his opinion and he felt like he had to verbalize it. Fair enough. That was his opinion. What he said was what he said."