Maksim Chmerkovskiy to Remain on Dancing with the Stars

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Phew.

Just a few days after railing against Hollywood and claiming he wouldn't return to Dancing with the Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy has changed his mind.

"When I read the article, I was like, 'ah… what have I said?' It was very tear-jerky for me," the hunky professional said. "I'm honored to be part of this show, and the most important thing is the promotion of ballroom dance.

When I had a free moment, I read all the e-mails and looked at my fan site and people were just devastated, to say the least. I didn't mean to do that."

After being overwhelmed by fan support, Chmerkovskiy says those in his corner can rest assured: he'll back next season!

"I never had fans outside of my family. People were tuning in to see what I was going to do next, and that, to me, is mind-boggling. I'm not used to that kind of attention. In our ballroom world, we don't have fans like that. But a lot of people, when they found out that I was supposedly quitting the show, there was a ridiculous amount of support."

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