Maksim Chmerkovskiy Will Leave DWTS When Current Contract Expires

Like we all didn’t see this one coming.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, one of the most popular, yet egotistical pro dancers on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars‘ has revealed he’s quitting the show that made him a household name when his current contract expires after three more seasons.

The New York Post broke the news, and Chmerkovskiy confirmed it by tweeting a link to the article. He included a caption that read, “With nothing but love, gratitude and respect to all that played a part in that amazing aspect of my life.”

It’s a different tune than he’s previously sung, where his temper often had him sparring with his dance partners and judges, even once calling the show “my show” before a live audience.

Chmerkovskiy joined the show back in Season 2, and often had fall-outs with his partners every season. Earlier this summer, last season’s dance partner Hope Solo revealed in her personal biography he allegedly slapped her during a rehearsal. Chmerkovskiy vehemently denied the allegation.

And, it looks like he’s clearly ready to distance himself from the show and break into an acting career instead. In addition to starring in a possible reality show with his brother Val (also a pro dancer on DWTS), he’ll begin filming a romantic comedy in January 2013 as the lead male role.

“What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons? It makes total sense. The audience can’t expect for me to want to stick around, and the producers can’t expect for me to want to stick around,” Chmerkovskiy whined.

His ego trip doesn’t stop there. He’s made it no secret in the past he resents being put in the corner (that’s a Dirty Dancing metaphor right there) while his celebrity partners reap all the glory.

“Essentially, 80 percent of our job is to give somebody another push in their career,” he says. “Or we make them into likable characters. But at the end of the day, they go off and they better themselves … I loved doing it. But to be honest with you, at 32, I am at ‘what-about-me time’”.

“Me-time” seems to be what three-time DWTS winner Derek Hough is after as well—he’s exiting  the show after this season.

Meanwhile, Chmerkovskiy will be reunited with his season 12 partner Kirstie Alley for the Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, which premieres next Monday, September 24.

The two made it to a second place finish on season 12 and are bracing themselves for even stiffer competition this time around.

What can we expect to see from the two? According to Chmerkovskiy, it won’t be drama.

“I am not doing that ‘Maks thing’ anymore,” he says. “I don’t think I need to, and I don’t want to. It did what it did for me, but I want people to know that I am not a one-sided personality. I am a lot of fun to watch, even without constant drama.”

We’ll see! Tune in for the Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars next Monday at 8PM, PT.

Photo: NY Post