Lynne Goodman announces DWTS retirement after 17 years as a judge

Lynne Goodman says goodbye to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ after 31 seasons as a judge.

The long presence on Monday’s episode of the dance competition revealed that he won’t be returning for season 32.

“While we are all excited and very much looking forward to the finale next week, it will also be with a touch of sadness and this will be my last season judging by ‘Dancing with the Stars,'” the 78-year-old said.

“I’ve been with the show since it started in 2005 and had the pleasure of being a part of such a great show, but decided to spend more time with my kids and family.”

He continued, “I can’t thank the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ family enough, it has been a great experience for me and I am very much looking forward to next weekend, and I’m sure it will be absolutely amazing.”

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The judge was given a standing ovation after the emotional announcement.
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After the emotional announcement, the hall expert, known for his fierce criticism, was met with a standing ovation — and praise online.

“We may not always agree with everything he says, but he is a dancer legend. He helped make the show what it is today with Carrie Ann and Bruno. Tribute to Mr. Lynn Goodman for such an amazing legacy on this show. I hope he enjoys his retirement.” One fan wrote on Twitter Along with a gif of the judge wearing the crown.

Lynne Goodman in a purple and gray suit.
Goodman served as a judge for 31 seasons.
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“You suffocated already. You are angry sometimes, but you are a Lyn Goodman legend!” Someone else tweeted.

“Lynn Goodman has announced that he is leaving Dancing with the Stars… I’m not okay,” And the third ring With a crying Mimi.

While fourth added, “Leaving Lynn Goodman on DWTS is the worst thing Eve has heard all day.”

Goodman hopes to send more time with his family into retirement.

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Goodman hopes to send more time with his family into retirement.

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Goodman started as a lead arbitrator on the original UK version of “DWTS” called “Strictly Come Dancing”.

He judged the show in its first 20 seasons before taking a break for season 21 and season 29. However, he’s been an integral part of every season in between.

The former professional dancer – who currently resides in Kent, England – told People that doing the show has become “more difficult” as he has gotten older.

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The 78-year-old was met with praise on the internet.
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“I haven’t slept and haven’t started dribbling yet on the show, so I thought I’d better go before I started doing it!” joked.

“I will miss the California sunshine, where I work with my fellow judges and camaraderie with everyone on the show,” he continued. “I will miss seeing celebrities develop into dancers and I will miss being a part of one of the most successful shows on TV.”

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