Len Goodman is Leaving Dancing with the Stars

He’s long been a voice of reason, a strict judge, and a humorous take on the old standard of dancing, and now he is hanging up his glittery paddle. 

Goodman, who served as the longtime head judge of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” will not be returning to the show this fall, producer Rob Wade said in a statement. CNN transcribed:

“Len will not be returning as a judge this season on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ due to his schedule as a judge on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in the UK and the birth of his new grandson,” Wade said. “He still might be involved in the season at some capacity, but we will have to wait and see. We are planning on having great guest judges for some shows to join Bruno (Tonioli), Carrie Ann (Inaba) and Julianne (Hough), and I’m sure we will see Len in the ballroom again soon.”

For those who are longtime fans of the show, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. There have been many other times when they hinted that Len wouldn’t be back for the next season – but this is the first time that there is a public declaration.

He last talked about it in December 2014, when he said: “I just need a bit of time off to get on with a normal life,” he said then. “And it was either ‘Strictly’ went or the American one went or the tour went.”

Goodman was one of the best dancers of his time, and he was strict with not only the celebrity performers, but also the professionals. He called them out when their choreography was too fanciful or didn’t have the content he was hoping for.

The next season will begin in September, but it will be missing a bit of class – and we bet a bit of strictness as well.

Originally posted in i4u News

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