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5 Memorable Moments Judging Len Goodman on “DWTS”

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Len Goodman has been known as the “grumpy judge” on “Dancing with the Stars” since its inception in 2005. He has appeared in every season of the celebrity ballroom competition except season 21, although he has stepped back in two other seasons (19 and 23) due to his role on the British show Strictly Come Dancing, per Parade.

On November 14, 2022, Goodman announced his retirement from Dancing With the Stars. The 78-year-old chief justice said he wanted to spend more time with his grandchildren in the UK. “I can’t thank you enough, my Dancing With The Stars family, it’s been a wonderful experience for me,” Goodman said.

Goodman’s announcement was a glimpse of his softer side, but he’s had many memorable sulky judges moments over the years.

During the 11thth In the 2010 season, singer Michael Bolton and his partner Chelsie Hightower did a “Hound Dog” themed jive, which saw him sent to the kennel by the judges. Goodman said the dance was so bad that Bolton “probably needed a pooper scooper to finish it, too.”

But after Bruno Tonioli humiliated Bolton in front of his 90-year-old mother, who was in the audience, calling it the “worst” jive ever on DWTS and giving him an incredibly low score of 3 out of 10, even Goodman felt he it was gone too far. According to Us Weekly, Goodman told Tonioli his comments were “inappropriate.” For once, he wasn’t the grumpiest of judges.

In 2011, Goodman had harsh words for contestant Hope Solo’s rumba with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. He called the routine the “worst dance” of the entire competition up to that point, which Digital Spy said was booed by the audience. When Chmerkovskiy encouraged the booing, Goodman told him, “Don’t start all that Maks, because half the blame is on you… Audiences like impact, they judge by effectiveness.” I’ve been in this business for 50 years, my judging criteria are different from those of the audience.”

Chmerkovskiy fired back at Goodman to tell him that maybe it was time for him to “get out of business,” prompting fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba to tell the pro dancer, “Oh, wow, be.” Don’t be so disrespectful,” according to the Washington Post.

In 2017, Goodman told contestant Bonner Bolton that he had come too far in the DWTS competition. The offensive comment came after professional bull rider and partner Sharna Burgess made it through Week 8, just short of the finals. Goodman told Bolton that he blamed “viewers” for his long streak on the show Parade. “You’ve gone a bridge too far,” he said.

Fans were outraged by Goodman’s unnecessarily harsh criticism. “So disappointed in Len Goodman tonight,” one fan tweeted. “That comment he made to Bonner Bolton was WAY out of line! Len must retire! Enough!”

Burgess was also disappointed in Goodman. “Len Goodman was definitely brutal,” the professional dancer wrote on her blog for Us Weekly. “Actually, I was a bit disappointed in Len for what he said to Bonner. Not always only the best dancer makes it to the final. … It has to do with that person’s story and how much they inspire someone.”

In 2019, fans were left confused when Goodman ended contestant Ally Brooke’s excited gesture. After giving the Fifth Harmony singer positive comments about her rumba with partner Sasha Farber, she went to the judges’ stand to give Goodman a high five, which he didn’t appreciate, according to Huffington Post UK. Goodman told Brooke, “Don’t get overwhelmed,” before warning her, “Don’t touch me again.”

Brooke clarified that she simply gave Goodman a high five, but he didn’t seem amused and his tone turned fans off. According to Entertainment Tonight, some fans called Goodman “disrespectful” and “awful” for the way he spoke to Brooke.

On Goodman’s final season of Dancing With the Stars, he was visibly upset with host Tyra Banks after she made a joke. During the Halloween-themed night, Goodman told contestant Charli D’Amelio that her amazing dance with Marks Ballas “transported” him to “a club in Argentina.”

According to The Sun, Banks tried to poke fun at Goodman by saying, “I heard the audience make a noise when Len said he was transported to a club in Argentina.”

“What are you talking about a club?” she asked the DWTS judge.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about!” an angry Goodman fired back.

“When you said club, they laughed!” Banks said, but Goodman seemed irritated.

Fans reacted on social media. “LMAOO Len hates Tyra,” one fan tweeted. “Even Len Goodman is sick of Tyra Banks… I would also make it my last season,” another fan tweeted after Goodman’s resignation announcement.

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