The Dancing With the Stars pro says his old partner doesn't like his connection to Leah Remini

By Tim Nudd
July 31, 2014 12:00 PM
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley were great friends, and great partners on Dancing with the Stars. But the good times, it seems, are over – and it may have to do, in a roundabout way, with Jennifer Lopez.

Lopez is rumored to be dating Chmerkovskiy, though neither has confirmed the relationship. And she is also best friends with Leah Remini, the ex-Scientologist whom Alley – a Scientologist herself – recently called a “bigot” for remarks she made after leaving the church.

Thus, according to Chmerkovskiy, Alley believes he’s getting to be friends with the wrong people.

“She stopped getting along with me,” Chmerkovskiy, 34, said Tuesday on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. “We had a great relationship But I got a message now that I am associating with other people that she can’t be associated with, I am no longer to be spoken with, and sorry, but it is what it is.”

Chmerkovskiy seems baffled more than anything. “I think the world of her,” he says of Alley, 63. “I’m not judging people by their religion. I’m Jewish. I don’t really believe in science fiction, but whatever.”

He adds: “It’s sad that we’ve gone through so much together, and I feel like I’ve helped her. And this is where we’re at now. But I still think the world of her, and I wish her all the best.”

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