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'Dancing' star Melissa Gilbert and pro Maks aren't happy with angry edit

Mad Maks? According to Melissa Gilbert, the pro doesn't get any angrier than the rest of the cast.
Mad Maks? According to Melissa Gilbert, the pro doesn't get any angrier than the rest of the cast.ABC

On Monday night's episode of "Dancing With the Stars," the bad boy of the ballroom finally made an appearance. Of course, as fans know, Maksim Chmerkovskiy's been there all season long alongside actress Melissa Gilbert. But for the first time this season he let his famous temperamental side come to the surface -- or at least the editors did.

The show featured rehearsal footage in which a grumpy Maks could be seen snapping and cursing at his star student.

"Baby, are your (expletive) legs together?!" he asked after one wrong move. When Gilbert told him no, he huffed, "Good. I'll see you tomorrow. I don't know what the (expletive) to do. This is impossible."

With clips like that, viewers might get the idea that Maks is unkind or that he and Melissa have problems getting along. Both of them insist that's not the case, and that the only thing the footage proves is that the "Dancing" editors picked on them.

"I could get mad," Maks told reporters in the press line after the show. "I could be upset about this but actually I think what's happening is that no one else's negative moments are light enough for TV. Mine are the lightest that you can broadcast. All the others ... it's like we can't show this on TV. So that's the story, and I'm sticking with it because everyone gets frustrated. Literally this was the funnest week we never had -- maybe 3 or 4 percent of the time we clashed -- but come on. This is week six."

Before the rehearsal clash even aired, Melissa defended her pro.

"The key with Maks is not to take it personally,” she told Celebuzz. “He’s a perfectionist. Our rehearsals are long and arduous and difficult but everyone’s are. Maks is more publicly vocal than anybody else. But by week five, everybody was ready to kill their pros and the pros were ready to kill their celebrities."

Melissa isn't the only star to be temporarily overshadowed by talk of Maks' moodiness. After Monday night's show, "20/20" aired a "Dance Floor Confidential" which featured a few words from Maks' past partner, Kirstie Alley.

"He's charming and brutal at the same time," she said of him. "If you can survive Maks, it's exhilarating."

Melissa saw some of that charm in her own rehearsals. When she told Maks things couldn't be worse, he assured her they could.

"You could have an ugly partner," he smiled.

What do you think? Is this a case of Maks being the ballroom bad boy or just a case of bad editing? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page, and be sure to join me and Anna Chan for our weekly chat Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. ET!


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