Len Goodman says he left Strictly Come Dancing at "the right time"

Justin Harp
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From Good Housekeeping

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman is opening up about how he left the BBC ballroom competition at "the right time".

The original Strictly head judge quit the show after 14 series Goodman because it was "time to hand the role of head judge to someone else", with Shirley Ballas ultimately landing the job.

In a recent interview with the Radio Times, Goodman admitted that he doesn't have any regrets about leaving the BBC ballroom behind four years ago.

"I do think it was the right time for me to leave because I'm done the show for 12 years and I couldn't think of what else to say about the Viennese Waltz!" he joked.

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"I suppose I could have carried on until people wanted rid of me, but I was still quite popular, so that was good."

He added: "I think Shirley has done a wonderful job, she stayed true to herself and didn't try to be like me. The show is still great and I think it's good that there are two men and two women on the panel."

Through he has hung up his judge's paddle for Strictly, Goodman is still working with his BBC colleague Bruno Tonioli over in the US on Dancing with the Stars – where he still comments on the Viennese Waltz.

Goodman does still have strong opinions about his former job at Strictly Come Dancing, having recently backed the BBC to continue airing the show during the pandemic.

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"We need Strictly," he insisted. "I'd be devastated if it didn't go ahead because it's such a fantastic show."

Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return for an all-new series later this year on BBC One.

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