The professional dancer stopped by ET’s studio in Los Angeles on Tuesday for a Facebook Live interview, where he opened up about his journey as Heather Morris’ fill-in partner on season 24 of Dancing With the Stars. WATCH: Val Chmerkovskiy Says Maksim Will ‘Have to Keep Up’ When He Returns to ‘Dancing With the Stars’ For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with DWTS, Bersten stepped in for Chmerkovskiy when he suffered a calf injury while rehearsing for week two of the competition. The new father announced Monday during the show, however, that he’s recovered and will officially be back to dance with Morris for their sixth week in the competition, jokingly exclaiming to Bersten, “You’re fired!” “Last week he promoted me, this week he fired me,” Bersten joked to ET’s Cameron Mathison and Lauren Zima. “I mean, obviously I knew in advance he was coming back. To me it wasn’t a shock, but I was sad, you know? It’s sad, we spent four weeks together, half the season’s gone, like, time flew by! the medical interview lipkinI don’t even know what day it is.” Luckily, Bersten’s dedication to keeping Morris in the competition hasn’t gone unnoticed — even Chmerkovskiy is rooting for the Minnesota native to become an official pro next season! WATCH: Maksim Chmerkovskiy Reveals He’s Finally Returning to ‘DWTS’ After Being Sidelined for a Month “I’ve been thrown in a lot, but this was by far the best experience, the longest experience,” said Bersten, who’s filled in for Gleb Savchenko, Mark Ballas and Derek Hough in previous seasons. “Even Maks said it. He told me many times, we talked a lot outside of the show, obviously. And just making sure everything flows well with Heather, and he explained to me how much of an amazing opportunity this is.
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