Carrie Ann Inaba vs. Bachelor Nation! Amber Rose vs. Julianne Hough! And Maksim Chmerkovskiy vs. … everybody! The Dancing With the StarsA feud is not something that the ballroom is immune to.
Over the years, the competition’s judges and cast have become heated. Chmerkovskiy has had to disagree with several celebrity partners, including Kirstie Alley (season 12), Hope Solo(season 13). Vanessa Lachey (season 25). The judge panel also enjoyed the professional dancer’s participation in the 2011 season. Len Goodman called his and Solo’s rumba their “worst dance of the season.”
After Chmerkovskiy argued with Goodman’s critique, the Brit pointed out that he’s “been in this business for 50 years.”
The dancer quipped back, “Then maybe it’s time to go!”
Chmerkovskiy added backstage, “With all due respect, this is my show. I helped make it what it is.”
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the time, Chmerkovskiy insisted that he respects Goodman’s opinion, but didn’t apologize for his “my show” remark.
“I’ve danced for 27 years, and I’ve won more titles than Len ever even participated in,” he said. “I feel like it’s my show, and together, with other pros, I dedicated six years of my life to this show … I’ve helped make it what it is, but I’ve never taken it away from anybody else who participated. I didn’t mean it in a selfish way. It’s something I love. It’s what I love doing. Our fans are phenomenal.”
Goodman, on the other hand, spoke to Access HollywoodAt the time.
“How often, in the heat of the moment, we say things where we think why did I say that? I think Maks is going through one of those periods right now,” he said. “What they have to understand is: They’re on trial. We’re the judges. You can’t be the judge at your own trial.”
Chmerkovskiy, who joined DWTSIn 2006, he took a two season break following season 15. He returned to season 18 with his partner. Meryl Davis he made headlines for calling Goodman the “important” one.
“I’ll never be [the judges’] favorite. And that’s OK. The viewers decide who gets to go and who doesn’t,” he told Today at the time. “I hope [the judges] know I’m joking. I hope viewers also realize this. Nothing that exits my mouth — unless I’m in rehearsal — is serious. This is banter [with the judges] will never go away.”
After winning with Davis, Chmerkovskiy took a second break from the series but returned to it in 2016 for three more seasons. He declared that he was done in 2018 with the series, but not before making headlines due to his drama with Lachey.
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