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The daytime talk show host was allegedly spotted practicing with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy back in December, months before the contestants were announced.The show has very strict guidelines about rehearsal, saying no one is to begin practicing before the announcement is made.  But, on “The View,” Shepherd denied the rumors, saying she hasn’t partnered with Chmerkovskiy .  “We have never, I say, never. We’ve never danced together,” Shepherd said, adding that she was nervous. “I’ve never danced with Maks, I’ve never danced with Val,” she said.

On the other hand, she did admit that she had taken dance classes at Maksim’s studio, but said they began “long before I stated negotiations with ‘Dancing With the Stars.’”