Dancing with the stars Judge Len Goodman is saying goodbye to the dance competition series.
During Monday’s broadcast, Goodman announced that this season will mark his last time as a judge.
“This will be my last season review of Dancing with the stars. I’ve been on the show since it started in 2005 and I’m so happy to be a part of such a great program. But I decided, I wanted to spend more time with my grandchildren and my family in the UK,” said Goodman. “I can’t thank you enough Dancing with the stars family. It was a great experience for me.”
Following Goodman’s announcement, the judge received a standing ovation.
“You have inspired generations of dancers worldwide through your passion, expertise and keen eye, and they will continue that commitment to excellence forever. Thank you very much. A living legend,” said presenter Tyra Banks.
Goodman has been a celebrity judge on ABC’s dance competition since the show first premiered on ABC in 2005. He has been a judge alongside his co-stars. DWTS pillars Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Dancing with the stars pro Derek Hough later joined as a judge.
Before DWTSGoodman was previously the chief judge on Seriously come to danceoriginal UK version Dancing with the stars. He has also served as a judge at the World and British Championships.
Goodman has been recognized for her dance achievements, winning numerous awards including the British Show and runner-up in the Exhibition World Championships. Other accolades include the British Rising Star Award, the Carl Allen Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Goodman also runs the Goodman Dance Academy, an established dance school in Kent, England.