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03/02/2012 05:12 pm ET Updated Mar 02, 2012

'DWTS' Pro Maks Chmerkovskiy Had Never Heard Of His Partner Melissa Gilbert (VIDEO)

Maks Chmerkovskiy made a surprising confession Friday on "Good Day L.A." when he revealed he had no idea who his new "Dancing With the Stars" partner Melissa Gilbert was when they were first introduced at the Season 14 cast announcement.

"When she walked in and we said, 'Hi,' which was this week, cause we just met, she goes, 'Oh my god, it's you!' and I go, 'Oh my god, it's uhh, you ..." Maks said, looking confused. "And for the next two and a half minutes I really tried to play this whole out of respect thing, and I had no clue who she was, zero."

Maks does have a decent excuse, though. Gilbert rose to fame as a child star on "Little House On The Prairie," which was aired from 1974-1983. He immigrated to the United States from Ukraine in 1994, so he missed her TV run, even though the show was internationally syndicated. "Since we met she actually gifted me with the entire collection of the show," he noted, before vowing to make up for the awkward introduction with "the best cha-cha I can."

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