Len Goodman to Take Time Off From ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 23
CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, JULIANNE HOUGH, BRUNO TONIOLI
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Len Goodman to Take Time Off From ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 23

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When you tune in to Dancing With the Stars in the coming weeks you’ll notice something amiss at the judges table: Len Goodman will be missing.

But the DWTS head judge has a good reason to be playing hooky from his ABC competition.

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Len is heading back over the pond to judge Strictly Come Dancing, the original, UK version of DWTS.

"It's difficult to fly every week there and back,” the 72-year-old explained this week.

“I'm going to miss it because I've enjoyed so much watching the progression. But I'm going to be well-informed of what's going on.”

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Len wasn’t kidding as fellow judge Bruno Tonioli is also a judge on Strictly, although the 60-year-old Italian will not take time off.

That means Bruno will likely serve as a direct line on all things DWTS Season 23 for the AWOL top judge.

The contestants better stay on their toes, as Len has high demands upon his return, which will be in a few unspecified weeks. .

“It's a ballroom dancing competition, it's not all about razzle dazzle,” the Brit explained to the couples during Week 3. “Show us some proper ballroom dancing."

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It’s still unclear if Dancing will bring on a string of guest judges in Len absence, tap one person to fill in for the entire time, or simply stay with a panel of three.

We’ll find out on Monday with the start of Cirque du Soleil Week!

Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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