12:40pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Maksim Chmerkovskiy Announces 'Dancing With the Stars' Departure
It looks like 15 may be the charm for Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
The veteran Dancing With the Stars pro, who has never won the mirrorball in his 13 cycles participating on the ABC competition, has said that he'll leave the series when his contract expires next year, making the upcoming All-Stars cycle will be his last.
“What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons?” he told The New York Post. “It makes total sense. The audience can’t expect for me to want to stick around, and the producers can’t expect for me to want to stick around.”
The 32-year-old joined the series in its second season, making him one of the longest participants. And his tenure on the show has given it some of its most memorable moments, most notably in his frequent clashes with the judges.
ABC and BBC Worldwide Productions don't comment on the status of current and future Dancing With the Stars cast members, and Chmerkovskiy's personal rep did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.
Chmerkovskiy is one of the few dancers who is actually reuniting with a past partner. When the season premieres on Monday, he'll once again dance with friend and twelfth season runner-up Kirstie Alley.
As for his non-Dancing plans, Chmerkovskiy says that he's secured a lead role in a "major studio movie" that's set to begin filming in January.
Chmerkovskiy made it clear on Twitter that words of his departure were not taken out of context.
"With nothing but love, gratitude and respect to all that played a part in that amazing aspect of my life," he wrote Friday morning, linking the Post story.