Len Goodman leaving 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Head Judge Len Goodman Will Not Be Returning to 'Dancing With The Stars'

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After 20 seasons as a judge on "Dancing With the Stars," Len Goodman will quickstep away as a permanent part of the ABC competition series to concentrate on his responsibilities across the pond and spend more time with his family.

"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 UK and the birth of his new grandson," said "Dancing With the Stars" exec producer Rob Wade in an official statement. "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."

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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 guest judges filling Goodman's shoes have yet to be named.

Goodman has been a judge on "Strictly Come Dancing," the UK version of "Dancing With the Stars" since it first aired in 2004.

The news should not come as a huge shock to fans, since talk of Goodman's departure has been circulating since 2014. Still, in January a source close to the show shut down those rumors, telling Variety that he would stay for season 20.

"Dancing With the Stars" returns Sept. 14 on ABC.


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