Len Goodman Quits ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

"Now that I've reached my 70s, I've decided after this year it's time to hand the role of head judge to someone else."

Len Goodman On 'Dancing With The Stars'

Len Goodman

The longtime judge will make his Brexit from the U.K. version of DANCING WITH THE STARS at the end of 2016.

“This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of head judge to someone else,” he told the BBC. “I’m looking forward to my last series very much and to whatever comes next.”

Goodman, 72, will judge one final season this fall alongside fellow co-judges Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

“In 2004, I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on,” he said.

Both Goodman and Tonioli have been commuting between London and Los Angeles for the past ten years juggling duties on both shows.

It is unclear whether Tonioli will continue to appear on both shows.

Goodman briefly stepped away from the judges table on DANCING WITH THE STARS during season 21 but returned six months later.

DANCING WITH THE STARS returns in September 2016 on ABC.

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