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Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 'I'm done dancing'



Maksim Chmerkovskiy is hanging up his dancing shoes.

“I’m done dancing,” Maksim said Tuesday on The View, to the sound of hearts breaking all across the land.

“I feel like it’s time,” the Ukrainian said of his run on Dancing With the Stars.

“When I came back to the show, it was not the same — I was different, probably,” he said of the first time he quit 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.”

The 34-year-old first left the show after Season 16 but returned this year to win Season 18 with Olympic ice skater Meryl Davis. Shortly after hoisting the Mirrorball trophy, however, Maksim hinted — or straight up let us know — that the end was near.

“I want Meryl to be the last person I dance with,” he told Social Life magazine in June. “The last person I got to be passionate with and care so much for.”

The dancing pro also wants to start a family.

“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.”

Don’t worry, ladies. There’s still a chance he could return as a judge.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:25pm]


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