Say it ain't so! Maksim Chmerkovskiy is leaving Dancing With the Stars.

Maks -- who left the show in 2013 but returned this past season -- made the announcement yesterday morning on The View. He explained, "When I came back, I saw this amazing talent… I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better. I was taking up a huge spot."

Maks won the season 18 mirror ball trophy with ice dancer Meryl Davis this year.