When ET Canada pointed out, "You are such a tease -- If you weren't on the show DWTS ratings would go down," Maks replied, "Contrary to what some a-hole said in the past, it's not my show."
But Maks said that he appreciates the part the hit program has played in his life, explaining, "Look, I'm happy to return every season. Every off-season, something changes, something happens to make me realize how good I have it, and that's the most important thing. A little bit of competitiveness goes away and a little bit of appreciation takes over and I'm very appreciative of the show and what the show has done for me and for us. And, I shouldn't be really upset about the little things and appreciate the big ones."
Dancing with the Stars returns to ABC on Monday, March 19. When asked for comment on Maksim's possible departure, ABC tells ET Canada that contestants for the new season will be announced on Good Morning America on Tuesday, February 28.