The 34 year-old professional dancer will not be returning to season 19 of 'Dancing With The Stars.'
Maksim Chmerkovskiy will no longer be appearing on the small screen in his dancing shoes. The Latin Ballroom dance champion was first introduced to viewers of ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' in the second series back in 2006, and stayed as a regular professional partner until the 15th season.
Chmerkovskiy debuted on 'DWTS' in 2006
After a two year hiatus, Chmerkovskiy returned to grace the dance floor once again, but this would end up being the last time as he has decided not to return for the reality show's 19th season because the experience just wasn't the same.
"I'm done dancing," he said on 'The View' Tuesday (July 29th) about leaving the 'DWTS.' "I feel like it's time."
"When I came back to the show, it was not the same.I was different, probably," he continued, referring to his first time leaving in February 2013. "When I came back, I saw this amazing talent.I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better. I was taking up a huge spot."
What is most surprising about these comments is that Chmerkovskiy and his partner, Olympic ice skater Meryl Davis, won the Mirrorball trophy for the first time ever in his returning season. But this isn't the first time he has spoken of leaving the competition show.
After his win, the 34 year-old pro hinted at possible retirement when speaking with Social Life magazine last month. "I want Meryl to be the last person I dance with," he explained. "The last person I got to be passionate with and care so much for."
Maksim wil lretire as champion of 'DWTS'
Chmerkovskiy also wants to become a father in the not too distant future. "I raised so many children at the studio that I am ready to create one of my own," he told the mag. "I am really ready to have a family now. I need an outlet. I have so much I want to give, and I need someone to give it to."