"Dancing With the Stars" mainstay Maksim Chmerkovskiy said Tuesday that he is leaving the show for good.
Appearing with his dancer brother Val on "The View," Maksim, 34, said, "I'm done [with] 'Dancing With the Stars.' I feel like it's time." He began on the dance competition with season two and sat out seasons six, 16 and 17 -- returning to win, with Olympic ice skater Meryl Davis, the most recent season, the 18th.
Despite this, he said, "When I came back, the show was not the same. . . . I was different, probably. Maybe I was, you know, I was 'in my head' before, and you know, certain things aggravated me unnecessarily. And when I came back, I saw amazing talent, Val included, with everybody. The new pros, some people that I, you know, haven't worked with. And I looked at it and I was like, look, you know, they can do much more and so much better. I'm taking up a huge spot and I don't want to take it up anymore."
Additionally, "I feel like its been a pattern for the last [several] years . . . when I've said some stuff on the show and became this controversial, outspoken [dancer] -- which makes no sense: 'The Bad Boy of Ballroom,' " he said with good-natured mocking.
He has not ruled out returning as a judge.