Len Goodman, a longtime "Strictly Come Dancing" and "Dancing With the Stars" judge, has passed away. He was 78.
On Monday, Goodman's manager told the BBC that he had passed away. The bone cancer patient, a British ballroom dancer and judge, passed away on April 22 at a hospice in Kent with his family by his side.
Len Goodman's representative Jackie Gill issued a statement saying, "It is with great sadness that I announce that Len Goodman has passed away peacefully, aged 78." "A much.
Loved husband, father, and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends, and all who knew him." Goodman served as the chief judge of the well-known BBC dancing competition "Strictly.
Come Dancing" from its inception in 2004 until its conclusion in 2016. From its debut in 2005 to 2022, he also served as a judge on the American counterpart of the show, "Dancing With the Stars" on ABC.
After 17 years with the show, Goodman announced last year that Season 31 of "Dancing With the Stars," which debuted last autumn on its new home on the streaming service Disney+, would be his last.
When asked about his lengthy career on the show, Goodman recalled, "I got the call to be a judge three days before the first show." Small Len! I, who? I'm only a Dartford-based dancing instructor. I find myself suddenly in Hollywood. I've earned a reputation as a strict judge since I always speak my mind.
On both shows, Goodman was well-liked for his candid criticism and evaluation of the participants. While giving feedback, he was direct but yet polite and supportive of top performers.