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'Dancing With The Stars' Rumors: Is Maksim Chmerkovsky Coming Back for Season 17?

By Alison Bernicker | Aug 05, 2013 11:32 AM EDT

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy insists he and Jennifer Lopez are ''just friends''.
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Get ready "Dancing with the Stars" fans, your favorite bad boy may be returning to the ballroom.

ABC's president of entertainment, Paul Lee, told TODAY.com that dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy may be rejoining the show when it returns for season 17.

"Maks is part of the family," he said during the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "He may well be back. We love having him be part of [the show.]"

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Chmerkovskiy did not dance in the last season of the show after participating for nine consecutive seasons. The outspoken star, known for his good looks and bad rapport with the reality show's judges, first joined the show during season two, making regular appearances aside from a brief hiatus during season six.

Chmerkovskiy is currently performing in the Broadway show "Forever Tango," alongside his former costar—and ex-fiance—Karina Smirnoff. The New York City gig is set to end Aug. 11, giving the dancer plenty of time to join "DWTS" for its September premiere.

While Chmerkovskiy's future on the show may be unclear, another cast member has just confirmed that he will definitely be hitting the dance floor this season.

Derek Hough revealed to "Access Hollywood" that he would be returning to the ABC hit.

"We've got one show a week now," he said, referring to the show's new format. "I think it'll make a better show, more jam packed... I'm excited about it."

Producers recently disclosed that they would be ditching the "Dancing with the Stars" typical Tuesday night results show in favor of a single two-hour Monday night program each week.

Lee told the site that execs have been focusing hard on implementing the change and have "worked through a really interesting two hours."

"It goes to a climax at the end," he noted of the switch up.

The new season of "Dancing with the Stars" premieres Sept. 16.

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