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After 10 years of being on the air, a series is expected to go through some changes, and Dancing With the Stars is going to see a major shake-up after Season 20 next year. Longtime judge Len Goodman will be exiting the series for the first time since it began in 2005. While fans certainly be bummed out about it, we have to give his reasons behind leaving a perfect “10.”
Here’s how Goodman, who is also a judge on the original British incarnation Strictly Come Dancing, delivered the news via conference call, according to Digital Spy.
Next year, I’m not going to do the flying backwards and forwards – I’m not going to do the American show. I’ve got to have a bit of time off…I’ve got my wife, I’ve got my son, my mother is still alive and she’s in the hospital – I’ve had virtually no time to go and visit her. So, I just need a bit of time off to get on with a normal life.”
Hard to knock a guy for wanting to spend more time with his loved ones. The 70-year-old Goodman went on to confirm that he would indeed return for Dancing With the Stars’s twentieth season, which Goodman said he thinks is “a nice place to stop.” Seriously, it would be hard enough if Dancing With the Stars only put out one season a year, but the constant coming and going for an entire decade would take its toll on anyone. (I’d genuinely like to put that to the test, if any pond-crossing reality series are looking for a judge with my credentials.)
Goodman also confirmed that his run on Strictly Come Dancing will continue “as long as they want me,” which makes a lot of sense considering he lives in the U.K. He’s been a judge on that show since it first aired in 2004, alongside Bruno Tonioli, who will probably remain on Dancing With the Stars after Goodman heads out. Strictly is currently in the middle of its twelfth season.
Having finished Season 19 last month, Dancing With the Stars will return with no-longer-new judge Julianne Hough for Season 20 presumably in March 2015. Will you guys miss Goodman when he’s gone?
Will You Miss Len Goodman When He Leaves Dancing With The Stars?