Professional dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy had a heated exchange of words with one judge on last night’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
It was the sixth performance for the celebrities and their professional dancing partners, and Maksim and soccer star Hope Solo took to the floor to perform the rumba.
As they left the floor in high spirits, Judge Len Goodman scorned them, calling their rumba their “worst dance of the season.”
Goodman’s words didn’t sit well with the couple. Chmerkovskiy noted that the remarks were “disrespectful,” to which Goodman argued,”I’ve been in this business for 50 years.”
“Then maybe it’s time for you to go,” Chmerkovskiy fired at Goodman.
The dancer continued his fury backstage when the team watched as the three judges gave their scores. In total, the team received a 20-point score.
“With all due respect, this is my show. I helped make it what it is,” he told co-host Brooke Burke Charvet. “I love every aspect of it, I love every professional that’s ever been here and I love every celebrity that puts effort in each week.”
“Len is the only one who comes from a ballroom background, and I really respect his opinion,” the 31-year-old said, ccording to US Weekly.“I’ve danced for 27 years, and I’ve won more titles than Len ever even participated in.”
He explained “my show” to The Hollywood Reporter, “I feel like it’s my show, and together, with other pros, I dedicated six years of my life to this show…I’ve helped make it what it is, but I’ve never taken it away from anybody else who participated.”
“Like I said, it’s my show, and I didn’t mean it in a selfish way,” he said. “I love it. It’s what I love doing. Our fans are phenomenal.”
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