Now, Maks isn't the only old favorite who's MIA this season, but he's the most notable. His in-your-face personality, constant battles with the judges, and sizzling looks have made him the highlight of the show for many fans. He's a love him or love-to-hate him kind of character. However you feel about him, he's impossible to ignore, and his absence will leave a notable gap.
For some viewers, Maks leaving is actually the straw that broke the camel's back. We've seen a lot of fans across the internet decry Mak's departure, declaring that without their favorite ballroom hottie, they won't be tuning in anymore.
We're curious about how widespread this sentiment is, so we're taking a poll! In the reactions buttons below, we want you to tell us if Maks leaving is enough to make you quit the show for good.
Share your opinions in the comments, too. If you're giving up, we want to know why. If you're staying with the show, will you miss Maks, or do you think this change is a positive thing?
Dancing With the Stars Season 16 premieres March 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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