8:30pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'Dancing With the Stars': Maksim Chmerkovskiy Has a Four-Letter Word for Carrie Ann Inaba
There has been little love lost between Maksim Chmerkovskiy and the Dancing With the Stars judges panel this season.
The outspoken pro called them out for their harsh treatment of partner Hope Solo a few weeks ago, suggesting Len Goodman retire, and after a few weeks of biting his tongue, he seems to be at it again.
Tonight's issue stems from Carrie Ann Inaba commenting on the duo smiling through their critique, which drew raised eyebrows and zipped mouth from Maks during the show. He was less shy backstage.
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"F--- Carrie Ann, next question," Maks told reporters.
It should be acknowledged that he was laughing quite a bit when he said this, but he seems to have had enough of the scoring this season.
"I think Carrie Ann has an issue," he said. "I don't know what it is but I would love to know so we can address it. As of now, I have no clue what the hell she was talking about."
Both Maks and Hope seem more than capable of sticking up for themselves. Their constant defense against the judges actually appears to have eased the tension in their partnership -- something producers were very eager to play up in rehearsal packages earlier in the season.
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All smiles backstage, Hope reiterated her comments from the broadcast. "They've wanted to get us off since day one," she said.
Day one might be a bit extreme, but there's no arguing with how the judges sided on Monday. Maks and Hope came in a distant last place, with a score of 49 out of a possible 70, behind J.R. Martinez and the tied-for-first Ricki Lake and Rob Kardashian.
Still, Maks enters the last elimination before the finale with no regrets.
"I go to sleep with a very clear conscious because I say everything on my mind and never hide anything," Maks said. "I'm good."