Karina Smirnoff says that Maksim Chmerkovskiy's statement does not reflect the other dancers' opinion, while Lacey Schwimmer believes that Hope Solo's partner has the rights to speak up his mind.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy's outburst directed at judge Len Goodman during "Dancing with the Stars" performance show has got mixed reactions from his fellow cast members. Met backstage of the ABC show, Karina Smirnoff insisted that she and other cast members do not share the same opinion with her former fiance.
"We danced right after Maks so I just wanted to make sure that the judges made sure that we didn't concur with Maks' opinion...He needs a hug," Karina, who is partnered with J.R. Martinez this season, told E! Online. Lacey Schwimmer, however, tried to take a neutral position by saying, "He spoke his opinion and he should be allowed to do it."
Another pro dancer, Derek Hough, claimed he once did a similar thing to what Maksim did on Monday, night, October 24, but then he regretted it. "Sometimes you do take things personally...I did that one time with Shannon Elizabeth," the brother of Julianne Hough shared his own experience. "I went off. And I thought, 'Oh my goodness, I can't ever do that again!' I felt like the judges have been incredibly generous this season so I was surprised."
Echoing Derek, celebrity star J.R. said, "He [Maksim] did go a little too far with it, but it is what it is." Meanwhile, David Arquette hinted that he would never say such harsh comment to the judges, claiming, "I'm usually harder on myself than the judges."
Maksim himself has learned that not all of his fellow pro dancers agreed to his opinion. "Not all of them [share my opinion]," he stated. "Most of them, yes. But there are a few of them that actually went up to the judges and for some reason went as far as apologizing for me and disagreeing with what I said."
Explaining what led him to launch the harsh words at Len, the 31-year-old Ukrainian-born dancer said, "This is the first time she [Hope Solo - his partner] came out and she did exactly what she planned and there was no stress and no tension and it was a great performance... And to get comments that was the opposite of what it was, it wasn't even upsetting, it was more like, 'I have had enough!' You have an opinion. I also have an opinion."
Maksim additionally said that he will not change his mind about what he stated before. "I'm very clear in what I stand for," he insisted. Revealing that his mother's support is the most important thing that matters to him, he added, "I couldn't give a f*** what anybody else says."
Previously, Maksim waged a war with Len when the latter said Hope's performance that night was "the worst dance of the whole season." When the judge pointed out that he had been in the business for 50 years, Maksim snapped, "Maybe it's time to get out." This prompted another judge Carrie Ann Inaba to tell Maksim, "Don't be disrespectful like that."