'Dancing With the Stars' Maksim Chmerkovskiy defends himself
Is the Dancing With the Stars WeightGate brouhaha over yet? Not so fast, says Maksim.
Pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy wants to set the record straight that the reported comments he made about Cheryl Burke and Lacey Schwimmer's weight in TV Guide were "taken completely out of context."
It's true that looking back at the story, his one line was only tacked on to all of the more pointed comments made by fellow pro Louis van Amstel.
According to People, Chmerkovskiy denies actually criticizing the women specifically, rather that he made a general comment about "how excess weight on the body takes its toll on the joints, the lower back."
Says Chmerkovskiy: "I am outspoken but I do not discriminate how people look. That's the great thing about ballroom --- unlike jazz and ballet --- it doesn't discriminate. People of all shapes and sizes and levels of ability can take part in ballroom dancing."
Since the TV Guide article, however, Chmerkovskiy has been receiving hate mail. Nevertheless, he maintains a good relationship with his fellow dancers and will even perform with Burke next week.
So is Maksim off the hook? How about Louis? Some people doubt that Cheryl is actually a Size 4. What do you believe?