Len Goodman announces his departure from the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ ballroom


“Dancing With the Stars” head judge Len Goodman announced he is retiring from the show.

“This will be my last season judging ‘Dancing With the Stars,'” Goodman said during Monday’s episode of the ballroom dancing competition. “I’ve been on the show since it started in 2005, and it’s been a great pleasure to be part of such a wonderful show, but I’ve decided that I want to spend more time with my grandchildren and my family in Britain.”

Goodman received a standing ovation from the ballroom audience, while fellow judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough looked moved to tears.

Before joining the show, Goodman, 78, was a judge on “Strictly Come Dancing,” a British version of “Dancing With the Stars.”

A former professional ballroom dancer, Goodman, who has seen more than 3000 performances in his 31 seasons on the show, concluded his announcement with a look at his final court night scheduled for next week.

“It’s been a wonderful experience for me and I’m really looking forward to next week’s final. I’m sure it will be absolutely brilliant,” he said.

The season 31 finale of “Dancing With the Stars” will air Monday, Nov. 21 on Disney+.

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