Maksim Chmerkovskiy announced that he will stay out of “Dancing With The Stars” this season and will pursue a career in acting. Chmerkovskiy joined the show during its second season in 2006.
The dance champion had several celebrity partners that have included Kirstie Alley, Laila Ali and Mel B.
The Bad Boy Of Ballroom, a nickname given to the star for his fiery personality and loud mouth, wants to pursue acting.
Chmerkovskiy’s public resignation came as ABC announced the new season line-up of contestants, which will include Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills castmember Lisa Vanderpump, country legend Wynonna Judd and American Idol runner up Kellie Pickler.
“I just want to set the record straight to all of my amazing fans that I will unfortunately not be returning for this season of Dancing With the Stars,” the professional dancer said in a statement.
A spokesperson for ABC said: “We frequently rotate the professional dancers, so it is not unusual for them to rest a cycle. As we consider who will be matched up each season, there are a lot of factors that dictate which couples make the best pairings.”