Mandi Bierly
September 08, 2009 AT 09:54 PM EDT

Dancing With the Stars‘ Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff have called off their engagement. It was Breaking News to People.com, and newsworthy enough for an Update by E! Online’s Marc Malkin, who reports that the duo will fulfill their obligation and dance together at this month’s Emmys (but have now requested separate dressing rooms). With EW’s Dancing With the Stars expert Annie Barrett out of the office, I thought I’d be able to get through the day without having an actual conversation about the break up. Jessica Shaw and I, however, just had an impromptu meeting in the ladies’ room about it (her initial response: “Duh”).

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P.S. Despite Annie’s “How Do I Live Without You, Maks?” video, made when her occasional collaborator announced his engagement last January, she had wished only the best for the couple.

Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos

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