Entertainment TV Len Goodman Leaving 'Dancing with the Stars' Scheduling commitments mean the longtime judge won't return for season 21 By Lanford Beard Lanford Beard Lanford Beard has been with PEOPLE since 2015. In addition to serving as the Senior Digital TV Editor, she has edited for Lifestyle and News verticals across the site. Lanford previously worked at Entertainment Weekly, NBC News and Ralph Lauren, to name a few. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and a Master's of Science degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism. People Editorial Guidelines and Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez is the Editor in Chief/General Manager of Entertainment Weekly. Formerly at People magazine and The A.V. Club, the Critics Choice and Television Critics Association member has appeared on 'Today,' 'Extra!,' 'Access Hollywood,' 'E! News,' 'CNN,' and 'Nightline,' and can be seen frequently on 'Good Morning America.' Follow the Texas Native at @PatrickGomezLA wherever your media is social for all things 'For All Mankind' 'Top Chef,' and puppy related. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 19, 2015 01:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Adam Taylor/ABC Though some were holding out hope that Len Goodman would reverse last December’s announcement that he won’t be on Dancing with the Stars‘ judging panel for season 21, PEOPLE has confirmed that the ballroom aficionado is out due to scheduling and family commitments. “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 U.K. and the birth of his new grandson,” executive producer Rob Wade tells PEOPLE. “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.” RELATED VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of Dancing with the Stars Goodman’s departure comes on the heels of two pieces of good DWTS-related news this week: On Tuesday, former Mirrorball Trophy winner Karina Smirnoff announced she’ll be returning to the ballroom for season 21; on the same day, Hough flashed a shiny new ring on that finger, proclaiming her engagement to Washington Capitals hockey player Brooks Laich. Dancing with the Stars returns Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.