Len Goodman to leave 'Dancing With the Stars'

Familiar Face Leaving 'Dancing With the Stars'
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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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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