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Wendy and Maks do a little salsa.
"Dancing With the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy just can't get away from questions about his sometimes strong feelings about the show's judges.
When he appeared on the season four premiere of "The Wendy Williams Show" Monday, his host asked him about his notorious knack for calling out Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli on live TV. (And she approves!)
"So you've been very outspoken to the judges, which I've always been a champion of that. You've always told those judges where to stick it!" said Wendy, who was partnered with pro Tony Dovolani in season 12. "Do you ever regret that stuff, Maks?"
"That stuff" she's referring to includes telling Len it was time for the judge to retire after dissing soccer star Hope Solo, and famously declaring that "Dancing" was "my show."
After a bit of a hesitation, the ballroom bad boy admitted, "Probably." He went on to explain that when he thinks about his various past outbursts, "there's a very small, half a second of me going, 'That probably wasn't a good idea.' Then I go, 'Nah. That was fine.' "
Judging from how fans of the show have often sided with Maks' criticism of the panel, he's probably right. (Besides the fact that the drama makes for great TV.) But regardless of whether his rants are appropriate, Williams — who faced some tough criticism from the judges herself — has Maks' back.
"They need to clear out the judges and get new ones," she said frankly.
"Dancing With the Stars" returns with an all-stars season that kicks off on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Maks will once again be paired with actress Kirstie Alley, who also participated in season 12.
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