Len Goodman to Leave Dancing with the Stars
Say it ain’t so, Len Goodman!
The senior-most member of the Dancing with the Stars judging panel said he plans to leave the ABC series after the upcoming season.
Goodman told reporters that traveling back and forth to England has become too overwhelming. Goodman is also the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing, the original, U.K. version of DWTS.
“I’ve got my wife, I’ve got my son, my mother is still alive and she’s in hospital – I’ve had virtually no time to go and visit her,” Goodman said Monday. “So, I just need a bit of time off to get on with a normal life. And it was either Strictly went or the American one went or the tour went. … I’m doing the spring one when I go out there … and that’s going to be my last one. Dancing with the Stars, next year is their 10th year … so I think that’s a nice place to stop.”
A spokeswoman for ABC declined to comment.
Goodman is the latest high-profile exit from the ABC competition show. Cheryl Burke’s contract expired this month and she will not return to the show in the spring.
Goodman does plan to stick with Strictly, however.
“I feel a loyalty towards the BBC,” he told reporters. “I will do Strictly as long as they want me. Eventually, they will say, ‘He’s getting too old and fat now, Goodman, we’ll have to get shot of him.’ But all the time they would like me to do it, I will be doing it.”