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Len Goodman is leaving Dancing with the Stars after Season 31

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It’s the end of an era on “Dancing With the Stars.” Len Goodman, the reality series’ head judge, will be directing after this season. He’s been on the ABC-turned-Disney+ show since season one.

“This will be my last season of judging Dancing with the Stars,” the 78-year-old judge said on Monday’s show. “I have been on the show since it started in 2005, and it has been a pleasure to be a part of such an amazing show, But I decided to spend more time with my grandchildren and family in Britain. “

He continued, “It was a great experience for me and I am very much looking forward to the final next week. I am sure it will be very impressive.”

After his announcement, judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough became very emotional, all shedding a tear for the beloved judge.

Goodman served as the chair of the jury on BBC One’s dance competition “Strictly Come Dancing” from its inception in 2004 until 2016. He became the chair of the jury for the American film “Dancing With the Stars”, with Inaba and Tonioli when the show premiered In 2005, he did not appear as a judge in Season 21 due to scheduling and family commitments. In season 29, he did short segments on different dance styles, but did not travel to the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dancing with the Stars can continue with three judges or bring in guest judges as they have done in the past; Julianne Hough, who was a professional dancer on the shows from seasons 4 to 8, was a guest judge for several seasons and became a full-time panel judge from seasons 19 to 21.

The season 31 finale of “Dancing With the Stars” airs on Disney+ on Monday, November 21.

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