Dancing with the stars judge Len Goodman says goodbye to the ballroom competition series.
On Monday’s show, Goodman announced that this season would mark his finale as a judge.
“It will be my last season judging by Dancing with the stars. I have been with the show since it started in 2005 and it has been an immense pleasure to be part of such a wonderful show. But I have decided that I would like to spend more time with my grandchildren and my family in Britain,” Goodman said. “I can’t thank you enough. Dancing with the stars family. It has been such a wonderful experience for me.
After Goodman’s announcement, the judge received a standing ovation.
“You have inspired generations of dancers around the world with your passion, expertise and laser-focused eye and they will continue this commitment to excellence forever. Thanks a lot. A living legend,” said host Tyra Banks.
Goodman has been ABC’s celebrity ballroom pageant main judge since the show debuted on ABC in 2005. He has served as a judge alongside his fellow DWTS mainstays Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Dancing with the stars pro Derek Hough later joined as a judge.
Prior to DWTSGoodman previously served as Chief Justice on Come dance strictlythe original UK version of Dancing with the stars. He has also been a judge at the World and British Championships.
Goodman has been recognized for his achievements in dance, winning numerous awards including British Exhibition and World Exhibition Championship runner-up. Other awards include the British Rising Star Award, the Carl Allen Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Goodman also runs the Goodman Dance Academy, a long-standing dance school in Kent, England.
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