Ballroom Bad Boy Maks Vs. The Judges!

Monday night's Dancing with the Stars took an ugly turn when dance pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy stood up for not only his partner Hope Solo, but all the contestants. Read on to find out what he said to head judge Len Goodman that got the other judges fired up.

Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy is known as the bad boy of the ballroom for his sharp tongue that always finds its way to the judges. He finally broke this season and it wasn't pretty.

After dancing, what he thought, was a well-rehearsed rumba with partner Hope Solo, Chmerkovskiy found himself at odds with judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

The exchange with Len Goodman that made him go bananas was after Len called the dance Hope Solo's "worst" of the season.

"Hope, I've never lost faith in you. I always feel like there is so much there, and for some reason it hasn't come out," Len Goodman said.

He added, "This is your worst dance of the season in my opinion."

This did not sit well with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. After Chmerkovskiy declared he was tired of the judges "little" comments, Len had enough and said, "I've been in this business for 50 years," to which Chmerkovskiy quickly replied, "Then maybe it's time to go!"

This prompted Carrie Ann Inaba to take offense to the treatment of Len and of course, Bruno Tonioli tried to smooth things over.

Check out the exchange...

The arguing continued backstage as the heated dance pro told Brooke Burke Charvet, "With all due respect, this is my show. I help make it what it is."

After sometime cooling down, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Maksim Chmerkovskiy spoke backstage and this is what he had to say: "I pride myself on the fact that I've never changed. I think I got smarter... but the integrity is still there. I'm very clear in what I stand for."

He added, "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."

He continued, "Like I said, 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."

What did you think of the exchange between Maksim Chmerkovskiy and the judges of Dancing with the Stars? Was it too much or right on?

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Comments on "Dancing with the Stars : Maksim Chmerkovskiy blasts judges!"

Lori Cope November 26, 2011 | 5:58 PM


Al November 15, 2011 | 8:42 PM

Carrie Ann needs to learn how to keep her opinion to her self and judge the dancing.Her and Lynn have been against Hope since the first dance. When they badmouth the stars all they are tring to do is sway public votes. If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all, just vote.

Ellen November 08, 2011 | 10:33 AM

the judges are not fair. It is so clear that they want J R to win and I'm sure that he will. This all comes down to a popularity contest in the end; but the judges can sway the winner of their choice by giving a high score. I love Max and hope that he doesn't throw in the towel after this season.

Jean Hager November 07, 2011 | 7:21 PM

I think the judges have been awful this year, making remarks to the dancers is not right. Tonight Len told Nancy it was midnight and time to go home, that was awful. Those dancers work so hard to hear remarks. Len had his favorits and it was clear to see. I would like to choke him. I think it is time for len to RETIRE and go home..

Maks Fan October 29, 2011 | 3:03 PM

Mak has a point there..theres favortism on the show among certain celebrities and with the judges especially Carrie Ann. Mak brings excitement to the show WITHOUT him it would be boring and if maks is fired my whole family will not be watching the show no more..

Mags October 29, 2011 | 9:06 AM

Totally appalled by the comments Maks made to Len, very disrespectful.I watch DWTS in the U.K.and also watch our Strickly Come Dancing.The professional dancers on our show though never shy on defending the judges comments did it with respect,unlike Maks.The show is not Maks show as he stated it revolves round many,many people and by stating this he has no respect either for the many people that are involved in this great show.

PJM October 28, 2011 | 8:53 PM

Pros need to stay pros as judges and dancers. There is a time and place for certain comments. Most of these stars have little or no dance experience and they are here entertaining us and doing for the most part a very good job. This show is the closet thing we have to a varity show and I always enjoy watching. Judges when judging should take into consideration these people have feelings and are trying to do their best. As much as I have always loved to dance I don't know that I could do some of the things they have been asked to do. Please remember these are not pros out to win the part on a stage. Plus Maks should be a bit more respectful also...he will not always be young and one day he may want someone to give him respect also and it may come back to bite him. I think this is the second time his mouth went in motion before the brain did and I do believe it cost him the trophy the last time and he had a very talented dancing parter. Not all people who are in sports can make the transition into dancing and I think his partner is trying her best. Maybe both sides have learned something from this clash... Pick and choose their words more carefully. I love watching all the male and female dancers you can tell they have worked very hard on their career to get where they are and not everyone can be a winner. They need to make their partner feel that they are special even if they don't win. I am sure that many of them know they will not make it into the final four. It is nice to see how each of them progress. Come on lets get back to the stars..not the ego of dancers and judges....I love them all.

Josie October 28, 2011 | 8:33 PM

I have to say, I've been watching this show since the beginning and I am disappointed in the direction it has taken. The comments Bruno makes are unnecessary and hurtful. They have nothing to do with the dancing ability of the stars. Len's comments about Hope and Maks had everything to do with his opinion of the dance; that is what he is being paid for, to judge the dance. Unfortunately people seem to have forgotten that. Maks also has a right to his opinion, but he did go too far this time. I agree with him that there seem to be different standards for different stars, but there was a better way to say it; being disrespectful took away from the message he was trying to get across. Plus, it would have been better to share that with the judges off screen and maintain a professional attitude in front of the camera rather than acting like a spoiled child. If he has complaints about the way the show is going he should consider whether or not he wants to continue with it. His comments backstage were disrespectful to the rest of the pros and implied that they aren't as important to the show as he is. He may not have meant to do this, but I'm sure they weren't happy to hear it was 'his' show. The last 2 seasons have been disappointing and I don't think we will continue to watch; it isn't about dancing but popularity and as this week proves, drama.

Florence Miskowiec October 28, 2011 | 7:29 PM

Maksim Chmerkovskiy of “Dancing With The Stars” has got a bit of a temper, but I still like him. It’s true he should show the Judges more respect, but they should also show him the same. He works hard teaching his partners to dance when some of them don’t know their left foot from their right. He goes through a lot of stress, and then to be knocked down by the Judges is not fair….so it’s easy to smart-off at them. If you ask me, the Judges don’t like him. They may cause him to quit the show, then I don’t think I will watch it anymore……although all the other professional dancers are all great, Maks is special.

McPatt October 28, 2011 | 5:46 PM

Maks is not a good choreographer...the dance was ...Derek is the BOSS !!! he does well with whatever partner he's got ...Derek gets his partners to dance ..he does not hog the moves ....Maks attitude sucks !

Joanne October 28, 2011 | 4:27 PM

I think Maks is quite right. People need to be treated with respect and I don't believe that the "Judges" should be able to get away with some of the comments that they make. I respect their judgement when it comes to the marks and I think that their comments should be toned down. e.g. Bruno referring to dog when commenting on a dancer and the way Len treats some of the dancers. They are acting like bullies as far as I am concerned. Because they are not treating some of the people on the show with the proper dignity or respect. If they expect the audience to respect them they are going to have to clean up their act. If I was in charge of the show they would both be fired. (Bruno and Len that is)

Shirley October 28, 2011 | 11:43 AM

I've watched DWTS since the first show and love watching it. I love dancing myself. The show last week was terrible - for everyone! Those who were judged (and comments made that were not necessary and rude and hurtful!)....but I've been in MAKS' corner forever - he is a wonderful dancer and hopefully he won't be fired for his remarks on the show. I think he has helped DWTS be as sucessful as it is, BUT there are the other professional dancers on the show who have helped put DWTS on the map! Please don't let MAKS go as he is who I look forward to watching every week!!!

Sandy C October 28, 2011 | 9:05 AM

I am not a fan of Maks any longer! He was so rude and arrogant when he made his smart comments. DWTS should get rid of him! The judges were correct with their comments. Hope is NOT a good dancer at all. Why would Maks ever think that he should win the mirror ball trophy! If Maks is on the show next season I am not watching it!

Bill October 28, 2011 | 3:23 AM

The judges have been totally out of line with snarky comments this year. Yes, they are there to judge the performance, but not to call people some of the names they have this year, especially Bruno. They can make comments on posture, foot work, and if the dance was correct for the style being performed, but to call someone a Penguin is totally out of line. Len acts as if this is professional ball room dancing and in my opinion has yet to understand this is Reality TV. Of course, what is reality on TV is a far cry from what is reality for the rest of us. Bruno is the one that has been over the top this year when it comes to insulting people this year with out offering much in the way of constructive criticism. Carrie Anne seems to be the only one that actually tries to offer advise on how to improve. It is time for ABC to decide if this is a Dance completion, Reality TV, or a Popularity contest.

Alena October 27, 2011 | 8:15 PM

I am with s. west who is totally right! Maybe it's entertainment, but a competition entertainment! A judge is a judge is a judge! Just like in sports, you don't fire back at judges for pointing out your mistakes and weaknesses and a low score. Be a good sport and be respectful! What Maks did was absolutely disrespectful and out of line. He's become a diva and obviously thinks too much of himself.

linda October 27, 2011 | 7:35 PM

I am an avid viewer of this program and always enjoy watching the progress of the stars each week with their hard work and effort that they put into their dances. It is not easy to do anything that you are not used to doing along with performing in front of an audience, but to have week after week of bad comments, it would make anyone want to give up. Len Goodman never seems to offer any good comments. Bruno can be brutal. Chaz Bono did his best. He is a good, gentle soul that tried his best to be called a penguin? That had nothing to do with his footwork. Tell it to the costume department! But Len, when you finally came out to do the "twist" I couldn't wait...for your 50 years of experience...go back to the drawing board! I give you a "3"!! It had no good footwork, your arms were not in the right place, your butt didn't twist... and you didn't really smile!

lynne October 27, 2011 | 7:33 PM

Hey, come on!!!!! Len fired the FIRST attack; he was quick to testify that it was Max's who bares responsibility. Did he offer suggestions??? No, he just critisized him. Len needs to be the 'hard ass' but do it with respect and humour. Len was totally out of line. I hope he replays the onset of this confrontation. Max held his tongue well.

Trish October 27, 2011 | 7:26 PM


Amy October 27, 2011 | 7:23 PM

This is ridiculous. Its obviously not a real pure dance contest, its entertainment. Maks knew that when he signed up for it years ago. IMO, he is obviously a pro and therefore a good dancer but just doesn't have the talent for choreography that Derek, Mark and on the women's side, Lacey and Cheryl have. Derek's moves are just unbelievable, he has incredible flexibility and speed which Maks (as great as he is)just doesn't quite have.All the talk abot Derek's partners is really sour grapes. Maks has had great partners (Stacy Keibler, MelB) and he could never put it together to win when it counted. His free dance with Mel was horribly choreographed and probably why they didn't win. At any rate, based on the p[artners they have this season, Maks certainly has the advanage with Hope, he just isn't a very inspiring teacher. He's too arrogant and focused on himself. His comments to Len were way out of line. Len did not compare Hope to an animal and his comments were for the most part accurate. Hope does have a lot of potential thatis not coming out.

Becky October 27, 2011 | 7:11 PM

I don't understand the majority siding with Max. Len is correct that part of the equation is the choreography and Max was responsible for that. Max has always been arrogant but his rude attack and referencing Len's age was totally out-of-line. Judges judge. Any competitor knows you don't attack the judges. Duh. You don't always like what they say but that's how it works. If you don't like it then go be a judge instead of the competitor. I agree that the way they assign partners should be random and done live as part of the show. That is the only way to be fair. And I also agree that the judges should not make personal comments hurtful to the celebrities. (It was Bruno who used the Penguin comment to Chaz, not Len. Bruno needs to tone it down. But come on, Chaz should have been gone early on.) I have watched the show for years and hate that it's going downhill. The audience is getting so rude and rowdy that it's beginning to sound like a Jerry Springer show. And now the dancer is going to argue with the judge? All downhill and losing class fast. It's not Max's show even if he says it is and no matter how big his ego is. He's still going on TV shows saying he has nothing to apologize for. He needs to apologize or he needs to go. No one is irreplaceable.

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