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Maksim Chmerkovskiy is offending just about everyone on the set of Dancing With The Stars; the judges, his co-workers, his partner, and now the staffers!

Us Weekly is reporting that staffers on the popular show are “livid” over Maksim’s unruly behavior this season! “He’s a poor sport,” the insider informs Us. “People are suggesting he get anger management!” Many crew members also believe “Maks’ antics reflect poorly on the show.” You mean antics like saying “F—k Carrie” backstage, referring to judge Carrie Ann Inaba, on a family-friendly show? Yeah, I would say so!

However, another insider Maks tells the mag he is working hard to rebuild his image after a rocky season as well as make amends on set. Even going so far as to work things out with Derek Hough! “Maksim and Derek have patched things up after their big feud,” the second source reveals. “They are fine with each other now.”

Unfortunately, Maks’ bad attitude may have rubbed off on his partner Hope Solo! New reports are calling out her diva behavior on set! An insider tells HollywoodLife, that the cast and crew were glad Hope was eliminated because of her negative attitude!

“Everyone is overjoyed that Maks and Hope were eliminated,” the source comments. “There was way too much drama between them both. A bunch of people were scared J.R. [Martinez] might be the one, but he was safe.”

“Hope was humbled by getting the boot,” the source continues. “But we’re sure she’ll be back to her not so cheery self for the finale, since the past contestants are always brought back for the final show.”

While Maks may be attempting to have better relationships on “his” show — that doesn’t include everyone! He recently told the New York Post he hasn’t spoken to his ex-fiancé, Karina Smirnoff since they broke up in 2009! Despite working together for the past two years. “I will never speak to that person again,” he said about Karina. “And I never have. It has been years now. But I am not bitter.”

It’s “not easy” he concedes, “but I just go about my business and do my thing. It is very hard.” See – I call that bitter. Whether or not Maks likes Karina, he has nothing but praise for her partner J.R. – who is Maks’ pick for the win!

“If J.R. doesn’t win, there is something fundamentally wrong with America,” Maks remarked. Adding J.R. “deserves it… It is his right to walk into ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and walk away with the trophy. But on top of all of that, he is a great dancer.” I hate to say it, but I agree – J.R. deserves the win; for his classy attitude, for his dancing skills, and for his hard work on and off the stage!

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DO YOU BELIEVE MAKS HAS ISOLATED EVERYONE ON SET? CAN YOU BELIEVE HE HASN’T SPOKEN TO KARINA IN OVER TWO YEARS? ARE YOU SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT HOPE’S ATTITUDE?


The Bachelor is back and I know I’m probably the only person who is excited, but as a closet fan, I can’t help it!

ABC has just released the first official trailer for Bachelor Ben Flajnik’s season which is promised to be full of surprises! Among them a bachelorette that arrives on horseback to meet him! Um… I hope she wasn’t wearing a mini skirt!

Also, a bachelorette who is, shall we say, on the cougar side of things! Yes, an elderly woman exits the limo and greets Ben with “I fell madly in love with you.” I’m guessing this is a joke or perhaps one of the real bachelorette’s grandmothers! Which would be sort of cute, admit it!

Ben, of course, will be gallivanting anyplace with a hot tub and a beach with his harem of hot ladies because everyone knows finding love in a bikini is the way to go! In the preview, we also see Ben drinking some champagne and making out – because that’s what Bachelors do!

The official trailer is below! The Bachelor premieres Jan 2, 2012 on ABC (8/9c).

WILL YOU BE WATCHING OR AM I THE ONLY DORK WHO STILL LOVES THIS SHOW? WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ELDERLY LADY MEANS?

Ben Flajnik’s season of The Bachelor has barely started filming yet the drama is already out of control! I guess that’s to be expected when 25 women are vying for the attention of one man!

Reality Steve, spoiler du jour for all things Bachelor related, reports that one of the women that make up Ben’s bevy of bachelorettes asked to leave the show after she fell for one of the producers!

Here’s a little background information to set the story in motion: All of the producers on the set of The Bachelor are men! So basically these 25 women, removed from their lives and quarantined in a mansion while waiting for the attentions of one man, start to form a friendship with the producers constantly around. The women start to trust the producers. The producers play a “best friend” type role in the hopes that the women will reveal secrets, gossip and other incriminating material about themselves that can then be used for dramatic purposes to amp up the show.

Steve reports that “any” of the former contestants will vouch for this and flirting “absolutely” takes place between the women and the producers, except for the women completely focused on the prize! Well, in this situation the contestant got a little side-tracked and potentially was reading too much into the relationship she developed with the producer. Oops! Or maybe she just wasn’t feeling Ben (who does seem a little on the boring side!)?

According to Steve, the unnamed woman fell for this producer so hard she confessed to the crew that she wasn’t so into the main man! Instead of being sent home right away, she was apparently convinced to stick around for another week and was eliminated during the next rose ceremony. My guess – the powers that be at ABC wanted her to play up the ‘I think I might have feelings for someone else’ storyline without disclosing that it was actually a producer on their show!

The producer in question also happens to be married with children! And he is still working for the show, as of now, which leaves Reality Steve to believe that no physical relationship actually took place but it was merely a flirtation or perhaps an excuse for said woman to exit the show. No one knows yet if this incident will make the air, but we all know the producers edit the show how they want it to look regardless of what goes on behind-the-scenes!

Before everyone starts describing this as Rozlyn Papa 2.0 – it was nothing of the sort! In case you don’t remember Rozlyn got caught having relations (and sex!) with a producer and was sent home immediately. The producer in question was also fired.

Steve is also reporting that another contestant named Britni asked to be sent home early! Wow – Ben must really suck as the Bach! I guess we’ll have to see how it all plays out!

The new season of The Bachelor will premier on ABC — Jan 2, 2012 (8/9 ET)

THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST SPOILER? DO YOU BELIEVE THE PRODUCER REALLY HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CONTESTANT OR WAS HE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF HER TO GET INFORMATION? WILL YOU BE WATCHING BEN AS THE BACHELOR?

Dancing With The Stars is notoriously tough – especially when Maksim Chmerkovskiy is your partner! Just ask Hope Solo!

Apparently, during last week’s rehearsals Mad Maks’ temper got so out of hand Hope “almost quit”! Speaking to Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show on Monday, Hope spoke out about last week’s rehearsal footage in which Maks got a bit too rough with her. Some are even saying he shoved her. Hope explained that during rehearsal, Maksplaced a firm hand” on her shoulder “in an effort to make a point.”

The former pro-soccer player, who definitely knows how to hold her own, “didn’t just sit back and let that happen” and immediately put Maks in his place. “”You can tell I didn’t really flinch,” she recounts of the incident, maintaining that Maks’ domineering behavior “will never happen again.”

“I almost quit the show right then and there,” she explains. “I almost walked out, but I told myself I am in this for the long-haul, through all the bumps and bruises.”

“I want everybody to know out there that as a strong, independent woman that stands up for herself, I would never just let that go unnoticed,” she firmly states. “Outside of the cameras, [Maks] knows that he was in the wrong. He will be the first one to stand up to that.”

Luckily the partners were able to talk it out and went on to have their best performance of the season placing them in the remaining four.

Overall, this has been a rocky season for the popular Maks after he butted heads with judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba and is reportedly feuding with Derek Hough. Hopefully he will be able to move forward with Hope as a contender for the win because clearly, after thirteen seasons, he needs one!

The video of the rehearsal incident is below. The incident happens at around the 1:20 mark…

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TELL US: WAS MAKS TOO ROUGH WITH HOPE? DOES SHE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE THAT ANGRY OR WAS IT JUST A MISUNDERSTANDING? DO YOU THINK THE PARTNERS WILL PREVAIL AND HAVE A SHOT AT THE WIN?


Bachelor Pad’s dynamic and terrible duo Vienna Girardi and Kasey Kahl have apparently called it quits!

The couple that made Bachelor Pad 2 unbearable for all of us with their constant emotional melt downs, bickering and PDA-fests have decided to end their eight-month relationship amicably. “Vienna broke up with Kasey a few weeks ago,” a former Bachelor contestant and friend of Vienna’s reports to Life & Style. “They’d been fighting about everything. It just wasn’t working anymore.”

“They both moved out of the LA place they’d moved into together,” the friend reveals. “Vienna’s moved back to Florida, and Kasey’s moved home.” According to the source it was Vienna that decided the couple should go their separate ways, but “there was no cheating or third party involved, so a reconciliation is not out of the question.”

“It’s anyone’s guess about what happens next,” the friend adds. “But for now, Kasey is very, very hurt about it. He thought they were going to spend the rest of their lives together.” Yeah, so did Jake Pavelka!

Well, Kasey is speaking out regarding the rumor and insisting the couple is still together! “We’re just doing [the relationship] long distance right now,” he informed Us Weekly. “It’s for the best.”

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CAN YOU BELIEVE VIENNA AND KASEY BROKE UP? DO YOU THINK THEY WILL GET BACK TOGETHER?

Ben Flajnik, the 29-year-old wine-maker from Sonoma, CA will begin his quest shortly for a wife! ABC has just announced the sixteenth season of The Bachelor will debut this January. They are officially 0-15 so let’s hope they can get a success under their belt with Bachelor Ben’s romantic, sensitive ways.

After getting his heart broken by Bachelorette Ashley Hebert in the most boring season ever, Ben has the chance to redeem himself as 25 women try desperately to woo him for their chance at fifteen minutes of fame finding love.

Describing Ben as a “rare, modern Renaissance man,” he is hoping he can meet a woman that loves music, wine and his dog. The former music production major with a minor in business from University of Arizona initially found success working in Internet advertising. However, he decided to turn his love of wine into a full-time business and now co-owns a winery that produces multiple brands.

This three-time loser in love is “confident” the fourth times a charm and he will “find his soul mate and a lasting, love-filled relationship” on the show. Ben has very high expectations!

Ben plans to remain in California for both his family and his winery, thus whatever woman he chooses better be ready to relocate!  She also must deal with his mom and sister — which based on Ashley’s home visit with him –- is going to be tough to handle! Be ready for lots of excitement along the way in Ben’s quest for love (spoilers are reporting a surprise visit from a past-season’s Bachelor contestant that has a crush on Ben!).

The new season of The Bachelor will premier on ABC — Jan 2, 2012 (8/9 ET).

WILL YOU BE WATCHING? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT BEN AS THE BACHELOR?

Things are getting heated and nasty on Dancing With The Stars and it has nothing to do with what’s happening on stage!

According to Us Weekly, it’s a case of the bad boy vs. the golden boy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Derek Hough “hate each other!”

“The professional dance community is really small. The dancers have known one another their entire lives,” an insider explains, referring to the contention that has developed. “Now that the group is famous, it’s added a whole other level of rivalry and competitiveness.”

The long-standing rivalry was exacerbated following Maksim’s on-air showdown with judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba after a controversial critique of he and partner Hope Solo’s rumba. Maksim, who referred to DWTS as “my show” during his rant and encouraged Len to retire, upset Derek who defended the judge’s comments! Mad Maks retaliated by slamming Derek in an interview and claiming he only does well in the competition because he has partners with previous dancing experience!

Well, Derek is not taking those accusations lightly! “I had a laugh about that [comment],” the three-time winner responded. He believes Maks’ accusations stem from jealousy over never having a DWTS win! “I was looking at the plaque upstairs and…well, never mind,” he snipes, referring to the winners’ plaques, which is absent of Maksim’s name.

Apparently, this rivalry may have something to do with Maks briefly dating Derek’s sister, Julianne Hough! Allegedly “Julianne told Maks she didn’t want to have a serious relationship,” yet started seriously dating the very famous Ryan Seacrest which seemed to lead to big things in her career! Well, a source is claiming that a “bitter” Maks started “planting false rumors that Julianne was cheating on Ryan” with him! As for Derek, he was not a fan of Maks dating his sister. “Derek did not like him going out with his sister,” says a source.

Another reason for the beef between the pros is the belief that Derek is a “golden child” of DWTS producers. “Maks speaks his mind, but Derek is a kiss-ass. He never challenges anything. No wonder he gets the best partners!” says a source. Another source, however, states that it’s sour grapes on Maksim’s part.

“There’s no special treatment. Derek is a great teacher! Maks has had great partners too – Brandy, Erin Andrews — and he couldn’t make them win,” says the source. “He should have won with Mel B!” Touché…

However, one source counters that while Derek seems like a nice guy on air; looks can be deceiving! “Derek is dating Lauren Conrad for publicity,” says the insider. “He is focused on becoming a huge star like Julianne.”

A new episode of Dancing With The Stars airs tonight on ABC (8/7c).

[Photos credit: WENN]

THOUGHTS ON THE FEUD? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON — MAKS OR DEREK? DO YOU BELIEVE DEREK ISN’T THE NICE GUY HE PRETENDS TO BE? IS MAKSIM JEALOUS OF HIS WINS?


Following this week’s outburst on Dancing With The Stars over perceived judges favoritism, Maksim Chmerkovskiy is continuing to defend his actions and refusing to apologize! He is also slamming certain competitors – and he is not holding back!

Speaking out on Good Morning America, Maks is still seething over the unfair critique he believes he and partner his partner Hope Solo received at the hands of judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba. “I definitely have nothing to apologize for I have nothing to apologize for to Len, and certainly not to Carrie Ann. She can make all the faces she wants.”

“I don’t regret anything. That’s why I think I’m a bit misunderstood in this situation,” he explained, making it clear he has no intention of trying to make his way back into the judges’ good graces. “Everyone is waiting for me to bow my head, take a knee and say I’m sorry and plea for forgiveness. I have nothing to apologize for.”

He is also furious about how the judges speak to the contestants during those critiques! “Why is it that the judges are allowed to compare us to animals and say stuff they think is funny when it’s nothing constructive at all and we can’t say that they’re wrong, basically?” Maksim questioned, referring to comments from judge, Bruno Tonioli comparing Chaz Bono to a “little penguin”.

As for his comment to the judges calling DWTS “my show”, Maksim agrees he misspoke, describing: “When I got on this show six years ago I treated it as a dance competition and everyone here tried really hard to change my mind and say ‘Look Maks, it’s a show, there are other elements to it,’ so I embraced it. But one thing I’m not going to embrace is pointed fingers and disrespectful remarks.”

“I love the show. I love the fans. I love every aspect of it and that was the whole idea behind what came out wrong with “my show,” he explained. And he also loves his partner! “One thing I don’t want to do is to have Hope have any negative vibe out of this,” he emphasized, further leading to speculation that the two may be more than dance partners! “She’s truly our star and she’s been doing an amazing job.”

Well, Maks may love Hope and the fans, but there’s someone else he certainly doesn’t love besides the judges – competitor Derek Hough! Maks describes Derek as looking out for number one and calls him “very supportive of his personal career on the show,” referring to Derek’s comments agreeing with the judges’ critiques of Hope’s performance this week.

And he is making it clear Derek is successful because he gets all the partners with experience! “With all due respect, if I had Nicole Scherzinger, followed by Jennifer Grey, followed by Ricki Lake, I probably wouldn’t be very upset with the judges either!”

I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this issue. I’ll be tuning in next week to see what happens! So the question is -

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DO YOU THINK MAKS OWES THE JUDGES AN APOLOGY FOR HIS OUTBUST? WAS HE OUT OF LINE WITH HIS COMMENTS ABOUT DEREK? DO YOU THINK HIS RECENT BEHAVIOR WILL NEGATIVELY AFFECT HIS STANDING ON THE SHOW?

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