Alley made a well-intended but poorly phrased Tweet where she said, “I don’t know what’s real or what is fake in this war. So I won’t be commenting. I’ll pray instead."
The immediate backlash to the comments caused the actress to take it down only minutes after posting it but Dancing with the Stars alum Chmerkovskiy caught wind of it and had some words to say on Alley's statement.
Chmerkovskiy posted a screenshot of the tweet, putting the actress on blast saying, “Dear Kirstie, We haven’t spoken in a while, but I clearly remember being right next to you while you were organizing trucks of aid during hurricane Sandy and I remember all that you were saying to me about situations where innocent are suffering." The dancer had continued clarifying, “That same energy is needed right now.”
He ended his statement bringing the point home having said, “No one needs your prayer if you don’t know what’s real or fake.”
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Chmerkovskiy was paired with Alley on the 12th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2011. The dancer's leg gave out on him that season causing the actress to fall on him dubbing her the "Queen of the Unexpected Mishap" by judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
The two have a history, that's what hurt Chmerkovskiy the most reading her comments on the invasion of his home country.
Chmerkovskiy was in Ukraine when the Russian invasion begun and he's been keeping his friends, family, and fans informed of his status. “I’m safe,” he assured fans on Friday. “We haven’t been told to move, and I’m just following instructions. That’s all I can say.”
It's unclear if the dancer is going to see battle but he has announced on his social media that citizens are "being mobilized" and that “the whole country is being called to go to war.”
Chmerkovskiy and his wife DWTS alum Peta Murgatroyd are both US citizens so many believe he will simply be extracted out of the war-torn country. Murgatroyd, who is in the US, pleaded on her Twitter for his safe return home.
“Please pray for my husband Maks. I don’t usually ask these things from my social media network, however today is extremely hard and the next few will be even harder."
Alley posted a general response to the backlash after deleting her tweet where she said “I’m sorry that I’m not an expert on APPARENTLY EVERYTHING.. like some of you jack wagons. It’s ok to admit you don’t know things."
She followed it up with, "Omg people are obsessed with hatred.. they wait to pounce like rabid dogs no matter what is said. They will TWIST any words to fit their hateful agendas.. I think these type of people are the saddest people on Earth."