Dancing With the Stars Judge To Exit

DWTS Len Goodman Quits

Dancing With the Stars will step forward without a key player, should the ABC reality series make it to Season 21.

Len Goodman told reporters over the weekend that his days at the judges’ dais will end after Dancing‘s upcoming springtime run — and E News! has since confirmed the exit (though ABC and producers have yet to officially comment).

“Next year, I’m not going to do the flying backwards and forwards [from England to the United States] – I’m not going to do the American show,” the Brit told reporters. With a wife and son, as well as a hospitalized mother, across the pond, “I just need a bit of time off to get on with a normal life.”

Goodman also said he has bowed out of the January/February 2015 tour of the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing (on which DWTS is based), though he has no plans at all to vacate his role as a judge on that competition series.

ABC’s DWTS this past season added former dance pro Julianne Hough as a fourth judge, possibly in preparation for Goodman’s possible exit.

Will you miss Len, come fall 2015?