'Dancing With the Stars'' Maksim Chmerkovskiy Gets Fan Support After Telling Off Judge

Former partner Kirstie Alley tells him, "I salute you!" while his brother and competitor stars a trending topic, "#juckthefudges"

Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy thought he'd hear it from the "haters" after telling off judge Len Goodman on the ABC show Monday night.

But instead his fans have come out in full force.

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Tweeted his former partner Kirstie Alley: @MaksimC Maximus Aureius,Hear U went all Gladiator @ the coliseum last night..Protected the Queen @ all costs..Thumbs Up!! I Salute you!! xo

His brother, Val Chmerkovskiy (who, along with partner Elisabetta Canalis, was voted off earlier this season), wrote on Twitter: “@iamValC: Wow @MaksimC just reinvented "with all do respect..." hahaha #juckthefudges”---Love you kid! Everyone follow 'The Truth'!

Added Marie Osmond, "@marieosmond It's about time @MaksimC took a trophy, right? He's come close b4. After 11 sns his # is up!How's Hope as a partner?”--- :)"

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Said @SirSleep, I told @MaksimC to say that to the judges...they've been pissing me off for weeks” (Wrote Chmerkovskiy  back, "LOL! Love you baby!")

Chmerkovskiy had taken issue with Goodman calling his partner Hope Solo's week six performance her weakest of the season. When Goodman said he'd been in the business for more than 50 years, Chmerkovskiy sniped, "Maybe it's time to go" and called his critique "disrespectful."

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Shortly after, Chmerkovskiy said, "Len is the only one who comes from a ballroom background, and I really respect his opinion. I've danced for 27 years, and I've won more titles than Len ever even participated in… I feel like it's my show, and together, with other pros, I dedicated six years of my life to this show. I've helped make it what it is, but I've never taken it away from anybody else who participated."

"It's my show, and I didn't mean it in a selfish way. I love it. It's what I love doing. Our fans are phenomenal," he added.

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"If anything, I've been under the radar this entire [season]," he says. "All of a sudden the haters are like, 'Now we have something to talk about.'"