"With all due respect this is my show," he told the co-host. "I helped make it what it is. I love every aspect of it, every professional who has ever been here, every celebrity who puts effort into every week."
Chmerkovskiy later told The Hollywood Reporter: "I feel like it's my show, and together, with other pros, I dedicated six years of my life to this show. I've helped make it what it is, but I've never taken it away from anybody else who participated.
"I didn't mean it in a selfish way. I love it. It's what I love doing. Our fans are phenomenal."
Chmerkovskiy added to Access Hollywood: "When we got on the show it was season two. I respected the pilot season as far as it went. We got cast for exactly who we are, and there were a few of us - me, Cheryl [Burke], Tony [Dovolani] - who remained ever since.
"Derek [Hough], Julianne [Hough] came on and made a difference, Mark Ballas came on, certainly the addition of Lacey's [Schwimmer] talent, and Chelsie [Hightower], and people who came and left - we built that show.
"We are told that in the beginning of every season and off-season when producers call us. We're told we are family and we are a cast and people who remain on the show. That's all I said. I didn't mean to say I made it, I said I helped make it what it is."