Two weeks after he and partner Debi Mazar were voted off Dancing With The Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy is expected to return to the show Monday night to stand in for an ailing Derek Hough. But the real drama might not be on the dance floor, but rather behind-the-scenes, after celeb contestant Aaron Carter dissed Chmerkovskiy following his ouster.
It’s unclear if it’s a possible love triangle (Chmerkovskiy’s ex-fiancee Karina Smirnoff has been rumored as a love interest of Carter, her dancing partner this season) as the cause of the bad blood; what is clear is that these guys don’t care for one another.
After Chmerkovskiy left DWTS, Carter told reporters: “the energy has definitely gotten a lot better,” adding, “we have the opportunity now to focus on the dancing without the drama.”
Chmerkovskiy then ripped Carter upon hearing his comments.
“I think he’s full of himself,” Chmerkovskiy told Fancast. “He has no clue what he is talking about. We have had people full of confidence before, but with Aaron, he’s confident that everybody out there already proclaims him the best on the show.”
Chmerkovskiy — who will partner up with model Joanna Krupa Monday night — has said he doubted Carter would crack the top three finalists on the hit ABC show.
DWTS airs Monday at 8/7c and Tuesday at 9/8c on ABC.