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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Quits Dancing with the Stars: Report

By Daniel Gates

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy is leaving “Dancing with the Stars” earlier than expected, according to a new report.

Last fall, the dancer indicated that he would exit the competition show at the end of 2013.

But according to TMZ, Chmerkovskiy told producers this week that he will not be returning for the upcoming season as planned.

He’s reportedly pursuing other TV and movie projects.

An ABC rep tells Gossip Cop, “We don’t comment on casting rumors.”

The Season 16 lineup is slated to be announced next week.

Stay tuned.

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