Although TMZ is reporting that Dancing with the Stars pro Maks Chmerkovskiy is leaving the show for good, RumorFix can tell you exclusively the “Bad Boy Of The Ballroom” is just taking a break.
A source close to the dancer tells RumorFix that Maks is under contract until 2015 and will honor his deal. But, he asked producers for a break this season “so he can fulfill some TV and movie commitments” and they were very supportive.
The Ukrainian hunk has been on the hit TV show since Season 2 in 2006 and has only taken one season off.
We can also confirm that Maks’ baby brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, will be dancing this season and so will Derek Hough.
Derek, who our sources say did a TV pilot with Mark Ballas, tweeted on Friday, “Just got the call wasn’t sure if I was able to do this season because of my other projects . But worked it out so I can do both. #pumped.”
DWTS premieres March 18 at 8 p.m. on ABC.