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'Dancing with the Stars:' Maksim Chmerkovskiy won't return as a dancer

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy. (© 2014 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy won't be back on Season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars" — at least not as a pro dancer.

"I'm done dancing," Chmerkovskiy, who won the Mirrorball trophy in Season 18 with partner Meryl Davis, said during an appearance on "The View" Tuesday. "I feel like it's time. ... When I came back to the show [last season], it was not the same. ... I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better. I was taking up a huge spot."

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In an interview with TVGuide.com after his victory earlier this year, he hinted that Season 18 would be his last season on the dance floor. "I personally don't see myself doing it again," he said back in May. "I'm not saying I want to part ways with the show. I just don't know if I have it in me to feel what I felt this season."

Still, it's possible that Chmerkovskiy — whose brother Val is also a pro dancer on "Dancing" — could be a judge on the show, especially if Len Goodman does leave the panel, as he revealed in the finale he had been planning to do. (Chmerkovskiy guest-judged on Season 17 and on the Indian version of "Dancing.") Or, he could perhaps act as a mentor, as Randy Jackson now does on "American Idol."

"Dancing with the Stars" returns for Season 19 on Monday, Sept. 15 on ABC. 

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