KEY POINTS

  • Val Chmerkovskiy has no regrets after being eliminated from the competition
  • He said he’s glad that he was partnered with Olivia Jade Giannulli this season
  • Chmerkovskiy is happy that they got to showcase a different side of Giannulli on the show
     

Two-time champ Val Chmerkovskiy is leaving “Dancing With The Stars” after this season of the ABC dancing competition series. 

The 35-year-old Ukrainian-American professional dancer revealed via Entertainment Tonight Tuesday that he is walking away from the show after being part of it for multiple seasons. 

Chmerkovskiy and his partner, 22-year-old Olivia Jade Giannulli, were eliminated alongside Jimmie Allen, 36, and Emma Slater, 32, during Monday night’s double elimination. 

A day after being removed from the competition, Chmerkovskiy opened up about his journey on the show and even noted that he’s glad he was partnered with Giannulli for his final season.

“I have no regrets about my tenure on the show. I have no regrets about the season. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to end it with,” he said. 

Chmerkovskiy dropped a bombshell when he told ET’s Lauren Zima that this season would most likely be the last time he’s participating in the reality competition. 

“I’ve always been very clear about coming back. I love the show. I love being on it. I am so grateful for the opportunity, is this my last season? Probably. Probably,” he said. 

When asked if there’s a possibility for him to return in the future, Chmerkovskiy shared that he is not closing his doors because “life is dynamic.”

Chmerkovskiy first appeared on the show in its second season way back in 2006. However, he didn’t really compete with a partner until the show’s 13th run in 2011, according to Us Weekly

Throughout his journey as a pro dancer on the show for 17 seasons, Chmerkovskiy has managed to snag two mirrorball trophies: one with Rumer Willis in 2015, and another with Laurie Hernandez the following year. 

Meanwhile, speaking of his possibly last dance partner on the show, Chmerkovskiy told Page Six that he’s so proud of Giannulli and he’s happy that they were able to showcase a different side of the controversial social media influencer. 

“I’m very proud of her, I’m proud of us and this season. It meant a lot to me to be in a position to help somebody,” he told the outlet. 

The two-time World Latin Dance champion continued, “We did win some folks over. We did get a chance to shed a different light on her and show her in a different spotlight, and then also show that she earned it.”

Prior to her stint on the show, Giannulli generated a lot of negative buzz online after her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, got involved in a college admissions scandal
Olivia and Val Pictured: Olivia Jade and Val Chmerkovskiy are seen on October 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: MEGA/GC Images/Getty Images