Kelly Monaco, Val Chmerkovskiy Step Out Arm in Arm in NYC Amid Romance Rumors

Celebrity News Nov. 29, 2012 AT 5:00PM
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy on November 28, 2012 in New York City. Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy on November 28, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Splash News

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy have chemistry on and off the dance floor!

The Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars partners, who came in third place on Tuesday's season finale episode, helped stoke romance rumors Wednesday when they stepped out arm in arm in NYC.

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Monaco, 36, and Chmerkovskiy, 26, snuggled close during their stroll and sported matching ensembles of black leather jackets and black pants.

Earlier, the actress and dancing pro denied they were in a relationship to DWTS co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet

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"Listen, I hope everybody can have friendships like this," Monaco said. "I mean, this is what it is. It's a foundation of an amazing friendship. I know you're laughing, but it's true!"

Chmerkovskiy added, "This is what it is: It's unconditional love for each other, whatever that label is. It doesn't have to be boyfriend-and-girlfriend. It's a relationship that I cherish. She can rely on me and I know I can rely on her."

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But the two are hoping they'll be able to work together again soon. Chmerkovskiy made a cameo appearance on Monaco's soap opera, General Hospital, and he told reporters Wednesday that he would "love" to do it again.

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