Len Goodman to leave 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Familiar Face Leaving 'Dancing With the Stars'


By ISABELLE CHAPMAN

Looks like Len Goodman won't be throwing barbs at Derek Hough anymore!

The veteran "Dancing With the Stars" judge will be leaving the hit show at the end of of the Spring season, according to according to E! News.

"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," Goodman told the press.

The 70-year-old dancing critic will be focusing his efforts solely on their British show "Strictly Come Dancing."

The news doesn't come as a huge surprise since Goodman already opted out of judging several "DWTS" episodes this season due to the hefty amount of travel between London and the U.S.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1910' - Five remaining couples advanced to the Semi-Finals and performed two routines during plugged/unplugged, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET). In the first round of the competition, the couples performed a Jazz, Quickstep, Samba, Paso Doble or Argentine Tango to an original or 'plugged' version of their selected song. In round two of the competition, the couples performed an Argentine Tango, Rumba, or Contemporary routine to an acoustic or 'unplugged' version of that same song. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) BRUNO TONIOLI , CARRIE ANN INABA , JULIANNE HOUGH , LEN GOODMAN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1910' - Five remaining couples advanced to the Semi-Finals and performed two routines during plugged/unplugged, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET). In the first round of the competition, the couples performed a Jazz, Quickstep, Samba, Paso Doble or Argentine Tango to an original or 'plugged' version of their selected song. In round two of the competition, the couples performed an Argentine Tango, Rumba, or Contemporary routine to an acoustic or 'unplugged' version of that same song. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) BRUNO TONIOLI , CARRIE ANN INABA , JULIANNE HOUGH , LEN GOODMAN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1909' -- The six remaining couples on 'Dancing with the Stars' danced to a song and dance style voted on by viewers for 'AMERICA'S CHOICE' night on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). Each couple performed two full routines including an individual original dance and a trio dance. For the trio dance, couples had the opportunity to pick an eliminated pro or troupe member to enhance their performance and highlight the strengths of each star. The trio dance styles included the Argentine Tango, Paso Doble, Samba and Foxtrot. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, JULIANNE HOUGH, BRUNO TONIOLI
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1909' -- The six remaining couples on 'Dancing with the Stars' danced to a song and dance style voted on by viewers for 'AMERICA'S CHOICE' night on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). Each couple performed two full routines including an individual original dance and a trio dance. For the trio dance, couples had the opportunity to pick an eliminated pro or troupe member to enhance their performance and highlight the strengths of each star. The trio dance styles included the Argentine Tango, Paso Doble, Samba and Foxtrot. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, JULIANNE HOUGH, HENRY BYALIKOV, EMMA SLATER, TONY DOVOLANI, SHARNA BURGESS
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood attend the red carpet launch for 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2014 at Elstree Studios on September 2, 2014 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1902' - It was #myjammonday this week on 'Dancing with the Stars.' The 12 remaining celebrities danced to their favorite songs on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Monday's show kicks-off with a spectacular opening number featuring the full cast and judges dancing to a medley of the judges' favorite songs. Each couple then performed a variety of dances, including the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive and Rumba, to their favorite jam. (Photos by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) PETA MURGATROYD, TOMMY CHONG, CHERYL BURKE, SHARNA BURGESS, TAVIS SMILEY, LEN GOODMAN, EMMA SLATER, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood attend the red carpet launch for 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2014 at Elstree Studios on September 2, 2014 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1809' - Emmy Award winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega made his 'Dancing With The Stars' debut as a guest judge on American Icons Night when he sat alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, MONDAY, MAY 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The semi-finals began as the five remaining couples arose to the challenge of performing two different routines to music by legendary and modern American Icons. The couples performed a variety of dance styles including Foxtrot, Rumba, Jazz, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Samba, Cha Cha, and Jive. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1810A' - The couples performed a new routine as part of a '24 Hour Fusion Challenge.' The remaining couples fused two contrasting dance styles that they performed this season and they had less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges' points, on the Season Finale, TUESDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, BRUNO TONIOLI
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1810A' - In the two-hour Season Finale on TUESDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) the show began with a high-energy performance featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season's couples as well as the judges. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, BRUNO TONIOLI
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Len Goodman and Darcey Bussell attend the red carpet launch for 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2014 at Elstree Studios on September 2, 2014 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Len Goodman and Darcey Bussell attend the red carpet launch for 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2014 at Elstree Studios on September 2, 2014 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Len Goodman poses on the press line at the Dancing With The Stars panel discussion at PaleyFest 2008 in Los Angeles on Friday, March 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
This image provided by ABC Inc., shows "Dancing with the Stars" judges, from left, Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" is one reality show that's real, or as real as any sequin-studded Hollywood production can be. Who knew, until the Writers Guild of America's job action pulled back the curtain and revealed the show had a single union scribe.(AP Photo/ABC Inc., Craig Sjodin)
Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman pose on the press line at the Dancing With The Stars panel discussion at PaleyFest 2008 in Los Angeles on Friday, March 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
"Dancing with the Stars" contestants have to tango with these guys first. (AP Photo/ABC/HO)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1809' - Emmy Award winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega made his 'Dancing With The Stars' debut as a guest judge on American Icons Night when he sat alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, MONDAY, MAY 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The semi-finals began as the five remaining couples arose to the challenge of performing two different routines to music by legendary and modern American Icons. The couples performed a variety of dance styles including Foxtrot, Rumba, Jazz, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Samba, Cha Cha, and Jive. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1809' - Emmy Award winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega made his 'Dancing With The Stars' debut as a guest judge on American Icons Night when he sat alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, MONDAY, MAY 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The semi-finals began as the five remaining couples arose to the challenge of performing two different routines to music by legendary and modern American Icons. The couples performed a variety of dance styles including Foxtrot, Rumba, Jazz, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Samba, Cha Cha, and Jive. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1809' - Emmy Award winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega made his 'Dancing With The Stars' debut as a guest judge on American Icons Night when he sat alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, MONDAY, MAY 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The semi-finals began as the five remaining couples arose to the challenge of performing two different routines to music by legendary and modern American Icons. The couples performed a variety of dance styles including Foxtrot, Rumba, Jazz, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Samba, Cha Cha, and Jive. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1809' - Emmy Award winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega made his 'Dancing With The Stars' debut as a guest judge on American Icons Night when he sat alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, MONDAY, MAY 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The semi-finals began as the five remaining couples arose to the challenge of performing two different routines to music by legendary and modern American Icons. The couples performed a variety of dance styles including Foxtrot, Rumba, Jazz, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Samba, Cha Cha, and Jive. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1806' - It's an all out celebration on 'Dancing with the Stars' as the celebrities got the party started MONDAY, APRIL 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The show kicked off with a spectacular opening performance followed by each couple dancing to some of the greatest party anthems of all time. Additionally, LMFAO frontman Redfoo was the guest judge alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, PETA MURGATROYD, JAMES MASLOW
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1806' - It's an all out celebration on 'Dancing with the Stars' as the celebrities got the party started MONDAY, APRIL 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The show kicked off with a spectacular opening performance followed by each couple dancing to some of the greatest party anthems of all time. Additionally, LMFAO frontman Redfoo was the guest judge alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CHERYL BURKE, DREW CAREY
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1806' - It's an all out celebration on 'Dancing with the Stars' as the celebrities got the party started MONDAY, APRIL 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The show kicked off with a spectacular opening performance followed by each couple dancing to some of the greatest party anthems of all time. Additionally, LMFAO frontman Redfoo was the guest judge alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, CANDACE CAMERON BURE, MARK BALLAS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1805' - 'Dancing with the Stars' got into the Disney spirit with all new celebrity performances MONDAY, APRIL 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The show began with a spectacular opening number featuring the entire cast followed by each couple performing to songs from Disney films including 'The Lion King,' 'Aladdin,' 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Frozen.' The evening also showcased fun elements of Disney animation. Additionally, Season 9 Champion Donny Osmond was the guest judge alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CHARLIE WHITE
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1805' - 'Dancing with the Stars' got into the Disney spirit with all new celebrity performances MONDAY, APRIL 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The show began with a spectacular opening number featuring the entire cast followed by each couple performing to songs from Disney films including 'The Lion King,' 'Aladdin,' 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Frozen.' The evening also showcased fun elements of Disney animation. Additionally, Season 9 Champion Donny Osmond was the guest judge alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) DANICA MCKELLAR, VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1803' - 'Good Morning America' anchor Robin Roberts was a guest judge for the first time alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba on 'Dancing with the Stars,' MONDAY, MARCH 31 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The remaining 10 celebrities commemorated 'The Most Memorable Year Of Their Life.' Each couple danced to a song of the celebrities choosing that encompassed a memorable time or experience in their life. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, ROBIN ROBERTS, BRUNO TONIOLI
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The judge has always been an anchor for "DWTS." In total, Goodman will have spent ten years on the show by the end of his time there. Goodman isn't the first staple to leave the dancing show. Maksim Chmerkovskiy left after winning Season 18 with Meryl Davis and Julianne Hough left the show as a dancer, but returned in Season 19 as a judge.

Perhaps Hough, who received plenty of positive praise about her judging this season, was brought in because producers knew that Goodman might be on his way out.

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