Judge Len Goodman is open about his resignation from DWTS


Longtime Dancing With the Stars head judge Len Goodman announced on the live show on Monday, November 14 that he will be retiring at the end of season 31. Join now an interview with peoplethe ballroom legend has been candid about his decision, what he will miss most about the show and whether he thought “Dancing With the Stars” would be successful when it first started.

Len Goodman said he will miss “The Cameraderie” with the cast

In the interview, Goodman said he will definitely miss the cast and fellow judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough.

“I will miss the California sun, the collaboration with my fellow judges and the camaraderie with everyone on the show. I will miss seeing celebrities evolve into dancers and I will miss being a part of one of the most successful shows on television,” Goodman said.

He also revealed that many people thought that “Dancing With the Stars” was going to be a flop back when it started in 2005, but he had a feeling it would be a hit.

“I always felt it was going to be a hit as anything that was popular on TV back then in the UK is usually good here and vice versa and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ was already very big,” said the Ballroom judge the UK version of the show, which premiered a year earlier than Dancing With the Stars.

He added, “However, the majority of Americans were convinced that no one would be interested in seeing ballroom dancing and that it was going to be a flop. How wrong they were!”

Goodman was also quick to share some of his favorite memories from the 31 seasons, like dancing a Viennese waltz with Nastia Liukin, learning Jerry Springer to dance for his daughter’s wedding, or meeting some of his heroes on the show.

“Meeting some of the great artists who sang on the show like Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Rod Stewart, Gladys Knight to name a few… and meeting some of my sports heroes who are either on Competitions from the world of baseball, soccer, boxing, skiing, racing car driving and ice skating have participated in the show or watched in the audience. I had so much fun recording “Dance Center” with Kenny Mayne and Jerry Rice for a few years. It always took twice as long to record because we laughed so much!” Goodman shared.

Goodman is retiring to spend more time with his family

Goodman was 61 when “Dancing With the Stars” debuted and now he’s 78 and told People he’s just not as young as he used to be, so it’s good to go out before he starts the drooling at judges. Table.

“In a live show you have to be on top and react quickly. And the older you get, the harder it gets. I haven’t fallen asleep on the show or started dribbling yet, so I figured it’s best to leave before I start!” he said.

On the live show, while announcing his retirement, Goodman said he looks forward to spending more time with his grandchildren, a sentiment he echoed in the People interview.

“Retirement looks like more time to be with family and friends and enjoy the grandkids while they’re still young, don’t answer me!” he quipped.

He then said he was “sure there are a lot of people excited about it [he’s] go”, but “hopefully there are also some who are sad.”

If the social media posts and interviews are any indication, many people are deeply saddened.

“Congratulations on your retirement and your next chapter! I love you Sir Lenny Goodman. I’ll miss you. And yes… I’m still crying.” wrote Inab on Instagram.

“Dear Len, Enjoy more time with the grandkids and take care of yourself. You are valued, loved, admired and respected,” wrote ex-pro Anna Trebunskaya on her Instagram stories.

Per Emma Slater said Page Six,” “It got me in my feelings if I’m honest. It caught me off guard. I didn’t expect to feel as emotional as I was. Len, I’ve known him since I was 10 years old. He would judge competitions [in England] and he always wanted me to win,” Slater said, adding, “I went to every competition he judged, and my parents loved it every time he judged. I remember going up to him as a kid and thanking him for believing in me. Twenty years later I did the same thing tonight…and I cried my eyes out again.”

Goodman’s final show will be the season 31 finale, which airs Monday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Disney Plus.

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