Maksim Chmerkovskiy's rant on Monday's Dancing with the Stars surprised many, including the judges he lashed out at.
Now, the Ukranian ballroom champion is explaining his comments, but he's not quite apologizing for his behavior.
I pride myself on the fact that I've never changed. I think I got smarter . . . but the integrity is still there. I'm very clear in what I stand for, Chmerkovskiy told The Hollywood Reporter.
After performing the rumba with partner Hope Solo, Chmerkovskiy defended the soccer star when judge Len Goodman called the number the worst dance of the whole season.
Chmerkovskiy fueled up the audience's roaring boos, waving his arms with a big grin on his face.
Don't start all that Maks. Because half the fault is yours . . . I've been in this business for nearly 50 years, Goodman said.
Maybe it's time to go, Chmerkovskiy quickly responded.
After receiving one of the lowest scores of the night, 20, Solo remained quiet and composed while Chmerkovskiy got a little carried away with his emotions.
You know, with all due respect, this is my show. I helped make what it is. I love every aspect of it, I love every professional that's ever been here . . . having said that, I'm a little tired that we're being judged, some on effort and some being picked on, the Dancing with the Stars veteran said.
Don't expect Chmerkovskiy to apologize for his rant and showdown with Goodman anytime soon.
Len is the only one who comes from a ballroom background, and I really respect his opinion . . . I've danced for 27 years, and I've won more titles than Len ever even participated in . . . like I said, it's my show, and I didn't mean it in a selfish way. I love it. It's what I love doing, Chmerkovskiy explained to THR.
Chmerkovskiy's behavior on Monday night also shocked fellow Dancing with the Stars professional Derek Hough, who is partnered with Ricki Lake this season. (The pair received the night's highest score of 29 on Monday).
I was personally extremely surprised . . . I feel like the judges have been incredibly generous, but we're all very emotional . . . being a seasoned professional, we know how the show works. We understand the ins and outs, Hough told People.
Chmerkovskiy and Solo placed second to last out of the seven remaining teams following Monday's performance episode.
The results show of Dancing with the Stars airs on Tuesday.
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