On Monday’s Dancing With the Stars, hot-headed pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy lashed out at the judges’ harsh criticism, telling judge Len Goodman to “get out” of the ballroom biz and claiming, “This is my show, you know. I helped make it what it is.” He apologized on Tuesday night’s results show, even after Goodman called him “Mad Maks the Thunderdome” that morning on Access Hollywood.
This morning, Chmerkovskiy reverted to his original attitude as he told Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts he has no regrets. “The last time I apologized was to my grandma when she was dying,” he said stoically. He took particular issue with the judges’ tendency to make snarky comments for laughs. He concluded, “I have nothing to apologize for to Len, certainly not to Carrie Ann [Inaba]. She can make all the faces that she wants.” Watch Maks tell his side of the story and spill about his fellow pros’ reactions to his comments (we’re lookin’ at you, Derek Hough!) after the jump.
Chmerkovskiy told Roberts, “One thing I’m not going to embrace is pointed fingers and disrespectful remarks.” Do you think he was justified in his comments? Or do you think his ego’s gotten too big for the dance floor? What of Chmerkovskiy’s reference to his childhood in Russia? Is excusing his behavior as “freedom of speech” a bit of a stretch? Has Maks shot his partner Hope Solo in the foot with this outburst? What do you think, PopWatchers?