Annie Barrett
December 02, 2009 AT 08:14 PM EST

Early this morning, PopEater’s Naughty But Nice column posted a rumor that personal drama between Dancing With the Stars pros (and former couple) Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff could force producers to drop one of them before season 10. Reps for Maks, Karina, and DWTS all tell EW it’s not true.

According to a source at ABC, “The casting of professionals is determined by the casting of the celebrities, which is still in progress.” Chmerkovskiy’s rep corroborated: “Maks has a contract that  goes beyond season 10. As to if he’s coming back or not for next season, that always depends on casting.” Smirnoff’s rep called the one-or-the-other rumor “malicious,” and added, “Karina loves being on Dancing With the Stars and has a professional working relationship with Maksim. I can assure you that she has every intention of returning in the spring.”

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