October 23, 2008 03:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodmanhas denied thathe is leaving “Strictly Come Dancing,” the original British edition of the hit ABC reality dance competition. While appearing on the BBC’s, It Takes Two, hesaid that he would notbe leaving his judging role on the hot spin-off show.
“I will be doing the next [season]. If the BBC asks me to do it, of course I’ll do it,” Goodman reportedly told It Takes Two host Claudia Winkleman after being asked if he planned to quit the show.
He was asked the question after he had made comments that he had grown weary of joining fellow judge Bruno Tonioli in flying back and forth between London and Los Angeles to judge the show and Dancing With The Stars. The two shows have aired in parallel during the last three fall television seasons. The BBC only airs one Strictly Come Dancing edition a year.
“The jet-lag takes it toll,” Goodman told the U.K.’s News of the World newspaper in a Sunday report.
“I wasn’t going to do it this year, the flying backwards and forwards, but I got talked into it again,” he continued. “But this will probably be the last time. I’ll have to make the decision, if they ask me, whether to do the British show or American show.”
“My heart wants to do the British show but my head, the money, makes me want to do the American one,” he added.
Apparently Goodman is paid about 150,000 to judge the BBC version of theshow, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the 414,000 he receives for judging DWTS, according to News of the World.
A few weeks ago on DWTS, we were brought up to speed on the hectic travel schedule of Len and Bruno.
“Every week, we film two episodes in the U.S. and two episodes in the U.K., it’s madness,” Tonioli explained. “On Mondays in the U.S., we do the main show and on Tuesdays, the results show [and then] we’re in the car, get to the airport, and sleep [on the 11-hour flight] to London.”
After arriving in the U.K. on Wednesday afternoon, the two judges stay there until Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday night, then they fly back to Los Angeles and arrive on Sunday afternoon.
Bruno said, “Len is the only one that knows what we’re going through, nobody else has any idea what it takes.”
Goodman stated, “Of course I get tired. I’m not on U.K. time, I’m not on U.S. time — I’m on ‘Goodman time. People said to me ‘Why do you do all that flying back and forth?’ and I say ‘Because I love to be a part of this show,’ and to just be allowed to be a part of that, even a small part, is wonderful.”
All of the back and forth may be taking its toll on Goodman though and he cannot deny that! On Tuesday night DWTS announced, for the first time since the show began, Goodman will not serve as a judge for next week’s performance round.
Tom Bergeron told the audience on Monday’s show, “We promised you a season of surprises and we are delivering, next week, a world-famous guest judge will sit-in for Len.We’re giving him some time off to rest.”
At the age of 64, Goodman deserves a break from the schedule, but I am sure that nothing will keep him away from the Telly next week to critique Michael Flaterly as he tries to fill the big guys shoes!
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