Maksim Chmerkovskiy was done with Dancing With the Stars after Season 15 All Stars. He had no intention of returning at all, never mind returning to win Season 18. "I had no plans to the point even if it financially kills me," he told TV Guide. "My goal was always to win and walk away, but I never won, so I could never walk away."
But now that he has won the spring 2014 season with Meryl Davis, is he ready to walk away? "I personally don't see myself doing it again," he dished. "I don't need to win the show multiple times to be satisfied. I need excitement. I hope I brought people happiness they were looking for when they were tuning in... Whether I come back or not, it's not up to me. Maybe tomorrow something will change and I will say, ‘Let's do this again.’ But I really don't see that happening."
As Maks clarified to TV Guide, "I'm not saying I want to part ways with the show. I just don't know if I have it in me to feel what I felt this season. I felt so much with Meryl that I don't know if I'm capable of doing that on call because I have to. You've never seen me do a Rumba this way, you've never seen me dance barefoot. ... But I want all the people who supported me all these years while I was annoying and unreasonable to stay and watch. Don't stop watching because I'm no longer there. I want them to exhale and to understand that each one of them has a trophy too. And now, please enjoy the show. It's brilliant TV."
DWTS is brilliant TV and we're sticking with it no matter what. What about you? Would you be disappointed if Maks wasn't on DWTS as a pro, judge, or anything? Would you be so disappointed that you stopped watching, or would you still watch and just keep an eye out for Maks’s next post-DWTS project?
Source: TV Guide