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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd

Even though Maksim Chmerkovskiy has taken breaks from Dancing With the Stars before, it’s hard to imagine the show without him on a permanent basis, but apparently Maks is so done with the show. Who knows if this is true forever, but he does seem pretty serious this time.

And you know what? It makes sense. He is engaged to Peta Murgatroyd and they are expecting their first child together soon, so it is perfectly valid and actually refreshing that he would want to focus on his family life even though he has a red hot career on such a popular reality TV show.

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Don’t worry, fans, Maksim is still in it to win it with his current dance partner Amber Rose, but he has zero intention of returning to the show next season. So what is his beef? He actually doesn’t have one and he talked to The Daily Dish about his decision to quit the reality show.

“First of all, like I’ve already said, I’m having the best time of my life on Dancing with the Stars,” explained Maks. “It’s a known fact. I’ve said it. I was quoted as saying the production is on point. I feel the love. I feel like everybody’s so friendly [and] we all work for the same goal – to keep dancing in television and produce a beautiful show. Having said that, I’m telling you right now I have zero interest in coming back as a dancer [next season].”

I honestly assumed that Maks had some sort of issue with being on the show when I heard about the news, so it was smart of him to clear that up.

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Maks also said, “I’m going to have a newborn baby. I have zero want to do this. I promise you that.” Fair enough.

“The baby comes in January and then a month-and-a-half later I would have to be in L.A. to start training with somebody else,” continued Maks. “Trust me, I really do not care how this comes across, but there is no money on the planet that can replace me missing out the three, four, five months of my baby’s life. Zero chance. I can’t wait for all of this, diapers, and all of this stuff. I can’t wait for Peta to pursue her goals and whatever and I just want to be a stay-at-home dad.”

Good for Maks. It sounds like he thought this through and is making the best decision for his family.

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