Len Goodman may not be gone after all.
Rob Wade, the executive producer of DANCING WITH THE STARS, says reports his show’s senior-most judge is retiring are inaccurate — and that Goodman, 70, may end up missing only a few episodes next fall.
In December, Goodman (who also appears on the British series STRICTLY COME DANCING) told reporters: “I’m doing the spring [edition of DWTS] when I go out there … and that’s going to be my last one. DANCING WITH THE STARS, next year is their 10th year … so I think that’s a nice place to stop.”
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But Goodman’s remarks were misinterpreted, Wade insists.
“Len said that he thought this would be his last season,” he tells TheTVPage.com.
“I spoke to him a couple of days ago. His mother is ill. She is 97 years-old. He has been doing this for 10 years, traveling back and forth [to London] and he is no spring chicken himself.”
“I think he feels that it would be good to take a break. And if Len wants to take a break, absolutely. But I don’t know if it will be the whole season. I don’t know if it will be part of the season or if it will be maybe just be for [one] show.”
Wade says there is “every chance that Len will be back” for season 22 in the spring of 2016. “He wants to be back and we need to consider that.”
In the meantime, there is no rush to find a replacement, Wade says.
“We have four judges at the moment. Len goes and we have three. But we had three judges for a long time. So we can always stick with three.”
The season 19 finale hit a four season high, snagging 15.8 million viewers.
DANCING WITH THE STARS returns March 16 on ABC.
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