7:27am PT by Lindsay Powers
'Dancing With the Stars'' Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 'I Don't Regret' Talking Back to Judges (Video)
Maksim Chmerkovskiy has no plans to apologize after telling off the Dancing With the Stars judges on Monday's show.
"The last time I apologized was to my grandma when she was dying with cancer," the pro said on Good Morning America Wednesday morning. "I definitely have nothing to apologize to Len. Certainly not to Carrie Ann. She can make all those faces she wants."
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Continued Chmerkovskiy, "I love the show. I love the fans. I love every aspect of it, the whole idea that came out behind [me saying it was] my show, I feel like it's my family, my home.
"One thing I'm not going to embrace is pointing fingers and disrespectful remarks," continued Chmerkovskiy, referring to Goodman telling his partner Hope Solo that she'd had her worst week on the show on Monday. "Why are judges allowed to compare us to animals and point their fingers and we can't say we're work and show our opinion?"
Chmerkovskiy says that fellow pro Lacey Schwimmer has "been very supportive" as has Tony Dovolani. "To be quite frank, I don't really think about everyone else's opinions. I do know some others voiced opinions to be on the judge's side. They're entitled to their own."
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Chmerkovskiy continued, "I had a long conversation with my dad and I don't regret anything. That's why I think I'm misunderstood in this situation. Everyone is waiting for me to bow my head and plead for forgiveness. I have nothing to apologize for. I'm in the business because I love it. I can't really lose with remarks like this.
"Guys, it's really simple," continued Chmerkovskiy, who is originally from Ukraine. "Seventeen years ago I was given an opportunity to live in a country where I can actually exercise my freedom of speech. What people don't know is where I grew up, it wasn't possible. I'm a winner. There's nothing that can bring me down."