Len Goodman to take break from Strictly, but Arlene Phillips won't be back!

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Strictly Come Dancing star Len Goodman will take a break from the show this series, it has been revealed, but he won't be replaced by Arlene Phillips! The BBC has already ruled out a return for the fired former judge of the show when Len takes a week off due to his commitments on the US version for the show.

68-year-old Arlene was replaced by Alesha on the show back in 2009, but she won't be invited back when a space opens up on the panel later this year.

A BBC source explained to the Daily Star Sunday: “Len absolutely loves doing both shows and there was never any question about him leaving either of them.

“But he really felt it last year. By the time it got to November he was absolutely shattered. It’s a gruelling schedule for anyone to do year on year, so when he asked for a break they had to listen.

“Discussions went on for a while and in the end they agreed to give him one week’s break off from Strictly.

“It means he’ll be able to rest up in Los Angeles for a week and a half before having to fly back to London. The show’s bosses know how important he is and were more than happy to let him have some time off to re-charge his batteries.”

Len himself added: “Flying back and forth between London and LA doing the two shows is very gruelling, so this year the BBC have kindly agreed to give me a week off to rest.”

A spokesman for Strictly Come Dancing told the newspaper: “It was always agreed that Len would take a week off from Strictly due to his commitments with Dancing With The Stars.”

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