HOLLYWOOD - Dancing With The Stars dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy (pronounced Coors) and Karina Smirnoff (pronounced Vodka) have called off their wedding engagement.
Fellow dancer and close friend Cheryl Burke said that she was shocked to hear the news. Fellow sister and brother dancers Julianne and Derek Hough say that they were not surprised to hear about the breakup between the fiery pair.
Derek said that at the post show dinners, Maksim and Karina would go at each other like cats and dogs. He said that one time Maksim threw a Sweet 'N Low packet at Karina, hitting her on her upper lip.
Karina then picked up a packet of Ketchup, opened it and threw it at Maksim hitting him on his nose.
Fellow dancer Tony Dovalani said that Maksim looked like a Russian Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Maksim, a 29-year-old Ukrainian native this season is paired with actress Debi Mazar, 45. Karina, a 31-year-old who is also a native of the Ukraine is paired with 21-year-old singer Aaron Carter.
Aaron says that Karina, who is known as the Wicked Witch of the Ukraine, can be extremely volatile in her instructions. He said that the second day of rehearsal she told him that if he didn't stop talking and pay attention to her that she would take a paring knife from her purse and cut out his tongue.
Carter said that after that he did not speak unless she told him to speak. He says that it has worked out great.
Maksim, who is known as the Bad Boy of The Ballroom has a tendency of exploding at least once during each rehearsal. During season four Maksim was paired with world boxer Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali.
During the third week Maksim got so mad at Laila that he called her the N-word. Laila, who is a big gal, grabbed Maksim by the neck, raised him up, and then tossed him to the floor like he was a GI Joe Doll.
Maksim started crying and he ran out into the hall. He later denied the whole incident but Laila said that she has the photos on her cell phone.
Dancing With The Stars co-host Tom Bergeron has told both dancers that they had better behave themselves. He said that if they don't he will have ultimate fighting champion contestant Chuck Liddell sit them both down and have a little heart-to-heart talk.
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