February 26, 2013 02:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
We’ve grown accustomed to the smiling faces of Chelsie Hightower, Louis Van Amstel and Anna Trebunskaya on Dancing with the Stars — as well as that perpetual scowl of bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy. But all four dancers will be absent during the show’s upcoming season. What happened?
It’s always exciting to see new dancers on DWTS, and we’ll get our fair share this season, seeing as three newbies have joined the cast. But we’re also sad to see favorites Chelsie, Maks, Anna and Louis exit the show. Some of these dancers are planning on leaving for good, while others are hoping for a return in the near future. Maks’ departure was especially noteworthy, as the dancer has long been a favorite among viewers. But he says that his decision to leave the show has nothing to do with any problems he might have with producers or fellow dancers (such as his new ex Peta Murgatroyd). In a recent statement, Maks announced that he would indeed be leaving the cast, because he is, ”eager to explore other opportunities that have been made possible because of Dancing with the Stars. I’m going to take this time to dive into producing and acting, while fulfilling my sponsorship obligations.”
While Maksim’s decision to leave the show was voluntary, that does not appear to be the case for fellow pro Chelsie Hightower. In a brief interview with TMZ, Chelsie let slip that she was absolutely not leaving the show by choice. But that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s left the show on bad terms. A rep for the show explained, “We frequently rotate the professional dancers, so it is not unusual for them to rest a cycle. As we consider who will be matched up each season, there are a lot of factors that dictate which couples make the best pairings.”
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