“Definitely not,” Maksim said when asked by Glamour if fans could expect to see him next season. “You have to walk away when the time is right, and the time was right.”
The dancing pro competed on the show for 14 seasons before finally winning the Mirrorball trophy with the Olympic ice skater.
Although Maksim didn’t hint at a feud with the judges, he has been known to clash with them in the past. On season 13, he got into an argument with the panel over a score. He later told former co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, “This is my show. I helped make it what it is.”
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Fans may not see him on the dance floor, but they could check him out on the big screen! “Acting gives me a completely different dimension. I respect it,” he said of wanting to get into acting. “I’m fascinated by the tools that acting gives you. I feel like it makes sense to do something creative.”
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But Maksim isn't the only famous face fans won’t see anymore, as he revealed that fan-favorite Derek Hough could be leaving the show too after season 20! “I think this might be one of the last times we see Derek,” he said.
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