One of the regulars on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is leaving the long-running competition show. TMZ.com reports that “Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s days of sequin unitards are OVER … ’cause TMZ has learned the Bad Boy of the Ballroom is officially leaving ‘Dancing with the Stars.’"
Citing sources close to the show, the report says Chmerkovskiy notified producers a few days ago that he wouldn’t be back for the show’s upcoming season.
“FYI — the 33-year-old dancer has been on the show since Season 2 (2006) … and partnered up with stars like Misty May, Laila Ali, Erin Andrews, Kirstie Alley and Mel B,” the report adds. “We’re told Maksim wants to stay in the entertainment world … and is currently pursuing movie and TV projects.”
Chmerkovskiy’s brother Val reportedly will be back on the show.