Len Goodman has spoken out about his Strictly Come Dancing 2016 exit, and potential replacement.
The head judge of the BBC One series appeared on ITV's This Morning today talking about his decade on the show.
Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about quitting Strictly Come Dancing after twelve years as head judge, Len Goodman confessed, “I just felt this is a good time to hang up my dancing shoes and pursue other things if they turn up…”
And on staying on with the US version Dancing With The Stars, Len revealed, “That’s because of the contract. With the BBC you just sign an annual contract so they can chuck you out or you can leave, but in America I had to do a two year contract and I’ve done one, so I’ve got another year.”
When asked if he has any say over who would be his replacement on the UK show, Len said, “I will have no input… it’s all down to the producers. However, for me, I hope it will be somebody who has done ballroom and latin - because as good as the other three judges are… the balance has been terrific - but you need one who’s done ballroom and latin.”
On Helen Richey being rumoured, Len cleared up where that came from. He said, “She’s on the Strictly in Australia… my and the [other UK judges] were chatting away and we were chatting about who would take over and Bruno said - because he’s done the Australian show - he said ‘I tell you who’s great, Helen Richey’. So I said ‘oh I know Helen Richey, yeah, she’s terrific’... and then she’s in! But no, I have no clue who it would be.”
When asked if he’ll miss it, Len confessed, “Listen, I’m sure when I’m sitting at home next series watching it on TV, I’ll turn to my Sue and say ‘why didn’t I do it? I could have done that’... So of course I’m sure I will miss it. However, you make a decision and it’s the right decision at the time.
"And for me, I’d much rather go and people say ‘Oh Len, it’s not going to be the same’ rather than [people say] ‘thank heavens that old boy’s gone, he was getting dithery’... you know? You’ve got to know when to hold them and fold them.”
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Strictly is back this Saturday and Sunday on BBC One.