"If this is the limit of where I can get in the show, well then let it be," said Chmerkovskiy during a November 28 interview with Extra. "I'm satisfied and moving on." When Extra co-anchor Dayna Devon asked Chmerkovskiy if that means he "thinks it's time to move on" from Dancing with the Stars, he replied, "Yeah," adding he already had several other projects lined up.
Chmerkovskiy chalked up those comments to being "very stressed out" at the time he made them.
"Sure, there's lucrative offers," he told People. "There are things that I really want to do with my life other than this show -- that's a given. After coming down from two seasons back to back, ten weeks each season, it takes its toll."
"This show is amazing and it's rewarding," he told People. "After last season I thought there's no way I could top off the experience with Laila and then I get Mel B. as a partner this season. I want people -- especially my fans -- to know that I appreciate their support. I am not turning my back on the show. I don't want people to feel betrayed. I love this show."