Maksim Chmerkovskiy may have been all smiles when he acted as a Season 21 guest judge during Week 5 of “Dancing With the Stars,” but according to reports, the Season 18 winner is even happier to have hung up his ballroom shoes from the hit ABC competition. (The performer left the long-running dance series after winning the Mirror Ball with Olympian Meryl Davis in 2014.)
“It’s a permanent thing. I’m not coming back,” the Ukrainian hunk revealed on the podcast “Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss,” confirming that his return to the competition wasn’t going to be a regular occurrence.
During an interview with Glamour magazine in May, Chmerkovskiy, who joined the series during Season 2, explained that he walked away from the competition because “the time was right.”
“I think the change of guard is necessary,” he added. “Like a plant that in order to improve growth, you have to pull branches. It’s the same thing. Every now and again, everything needs to be refreshed.”
But there was nothing refreshing about Chmerkovskiy's comments on his brother Val still competing on the show. When the show's co-host began discussing Val's participation on the series, the two-stepping podcast guest responded that "DWTS" was his brother’s “problem” now.
But that wasn’t the most shocking comment Chmerkovskiy made during the “Allegedly” interview. Val’s older brother unveiled which one of his “DWTS” partners he’d want to see six feet under while playing the game “Shag, Marry, Kill" – a crude game which involves picking between three people (or in this case partners) to either marry, have sex with or murder.
“I would definitely kill Hope Solo,” he revealed before explaining his reasons for choosing a grim fate for his Season 13 partner, who he's been fueding with since the installment ended. "She's just a s***** person. People can be bad or good or whatever. You can have a s***** life growing up. You can have a tough upbringing. You can have history. You can have whatever. But if you are just a bad person, you know what I mean? There's no excuse for that."
The Olympic goalkeeper responded to Chmerkovskiy’s comment on Twitter, posting a photo of “DWTS” judges Carrie Anna Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and former judge Len Goodman all holding up a score of one.
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) October 14, 2015
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.