‘Dancing With The Stars’ Judge Len Goodman Announces Retirement

Len Goodman, who has been the “Dancing with the Stars” head choose for 29 of the dance competitors present’s 31 seasons, surprised viewers on Monday’s episode by asserting subsequent week’s finale can be his final.

The dwell viewers responded with a standing ovation.

“It’s been a huge pleasure to be a huge part of such a wonderful show,” stated Goodman, 78, who stated he needed to spend extra time along with his grandchildren, per Deadline. “I cannot thank you enough, the ‘DWTS’ family. It has been such a wonderful experience for me.”

Goodman was knowledgeable ballroom dancer in England, in accordance with Folks, and was a choose on Britain’s “Strictly Come Dancing” from 2004 to 2016. He joined “Dancing with the Stars” in 2005 and caught with it, besides for 2 seasons.

“Doing a live show you have to be at the top of your game and quick to react,” Goodman instructed Folks. “And as one gets older, the things start to get more challenging. I haven’t fallen asleep or started dribbling yet on the show, so I thought it’s best to go before I start to do so!”

Goodman stated “DWTS” defied predictions that “nobody would be interested” in ballroom dance competitors, airing on ABC for 30 seasons earlier than the Disney+ streaming service picked it up for a thirty first.

“How wrong they were!” Goodman instructed Folks of the naysayers.

Co-panelists Carrie Ann Inaba (left) and Bruno Tonioli (proper) will keep on after Season 31.

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Goodman’s co-hosts, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, who’ve been by his facet via the present’s run, had been just lately joined by Derek and Julianne Hough.

Goodman instructed Folks he delighted in working with superstars like Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Stevie Marvel, Etta James, Rod Stewart and Gladys Knight, and mirrored on some memorable moments.

“George Hamilton doing the pasodoble as ‘Zorro, the Gay Blade,’ and Jerry Springer hoping to stay in long enough so he could learn to waltz and dance it at his daughter’s wedding,” he stated. “The time also when I danced the twist with Chubby Checker … He was my rock and roll hero.”

Goodman additionally praised the contestants who overcame bodily disabilities to get to the coveted dance stage and credited the skilled dancers as “unsung heroes” for turning amateurs into “show-worthy” abilities.

He stated he regretted not having the ability to choose two specific folks earlier than retiring.

“Simon Cowell, because we the judges could have given him a dose of his own medicine!” Goodman instructed Folks. “Or Donald Trump, as I would love to see him in Lycra.”

The Season 31 finale of “Dancing with the Stars” airs Nov. 21 on Disney+.