Hope Solo: “I Almost Quit” Dancing With the Stars


Maksim Chmerkovskiy's temper gets the best of him sometimes.

During last week's Dancing with the Stars rehearsals, the 31-year-old pro placed a firm hand on partner Hope Solo's shoulder in an effort to make a point. The soccer star, 30, told Ryan Seacrest's KIIS FM show Monday that she "almost quit" after the incident.

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"I want everybody to know out there that as a strong, independent woman that stands up for herself, I would never just let that go unnoticed," she said. "Outside of the cameras, [Maks] knows that he was in the wrong. He will be the first one to stand up to that."

Solo clarified that she "didn't just sit back and let that happen," and added that a similar incident "will never happen again."

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"I almost quit the show right then and there," she said. "I almost walked out, but I told myself I am in this for the long-haul, through all the bumps and bruises."

But Solo pointed out, "You can tell I didn't really flinch."

Seacrest agreed: "No, you were ready to throw down!"

Fortunately, Solo got out her anger by talking things out with Chmerkovskiy.

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Last month, the Ukrainian pro lashed out at judge Len Goodman after he called their rumba their "worst dance of the season."

"I've been in this business for 50 years," Goodman argued.

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"Then maybe it's time to go!" Chmerkovskiy barked back, even referring to DWTS as "my show."

He explained his outburst to the Hollywood Reporter: "I feel like it's my show, and together, with other pros, I dedicated six years of my life to this show…I've helped make it what it is, but I've never taken it away from anybody else who participated."

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