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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Gives Up Dancing With the Stars to Be Full-Time Dad

Maksim Chmerkovskiy has "zero interest" in returning to the hit show.

Lily Sparks

Dancing With the Stars fan-favorite instructor Maksim Chmerkovskiy says he has "zero interest" in returning for the next season of America's favorite celebrity dance competition, but for very good reason: he wants to be a full-time dad to the child he's expecting with fiancée Peta Murgatroyd.

"The baby comes in January and then a month-and-a-half later I would have to be in L.A. to start training with somebody else. Trust me, I really don't care how this comes across, but there's no money on the planet that can replace me missing out the three, four, five months of my baby's life." the 36-year-old dancer gushed on Bravo's The Daily Dish.

"I can't wait for all of this, diapers, and all of this stuff. I can't wait for Peta to pursue her goals and whatever and I just want to be a stay-at-home dad."

Maksim took two years off before returning for Season 23 to dance with on-air partner Amber Rose, who's said of Maksim, "He's obviously very loving, and very sweet and passionate. He's gonna be a great dad."