Len Goodman Is Leaving 'Dancing With the Stars' - Plus, Which Pros Are Returning?


No more 10s from Len?!

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veteran Len Goodman won't be returning as a judge for season 21, ET confirms.

Executive producer Rob Wade issued a statement on Wednesday explaining why the 71-year-old longtime judge is giving up his paddle.

"Len will not be returning as a judge this season on Dancing With the Stars due to his schedule as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and the birth of his new grandson," Wade said. "He still might be involved in the season at some capacity, but we will have to wait and see. We are planning on having great guest judges for some shows to join Bruno, Carrie Ann and Julianne, and I'm sure we will see Len in the ballroom again soon."

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Goodman will certainly be missed as he was a tough critic -- and a 10 from him was rare and much-deserved!

Just take a look at this fan montage for some of his best moments, including his signature comments like, "It's a ballroom dancing competition, sunshine!"

News of Goodman's departure came on the same day the list of pros were announced, including the return of Karina Smirnoff, who, in February, said she was leaving the show.

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Smirnoff will be joined by Derek Hough, Val Chmerkovskiy, Mark Ballas, Artem Chigvintsev, Allison Holker, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd, and Witney Carson in the upcoming season.

The full cast reveal will take place on ABC's Good Morning America on Sept 2.

Last season, Rumer Willis and her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy proudly took home the mirror ball trophy and developed an incredible friendship, and they spoke to ET following their victory. 

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