Two months after Tom Bergeron was abruptly fired as host of “Dancing With The Stars” and replaced by supermodel Tyra Banks, it’s out with the old and in with the new once again on the ABC reality show, as it’s been revealed that judge Len Goodman will not be returning.
Instead, he will be replaced on the program by former “Dancing With The Stars” winner Derek Hough.
Fox News reported that ABC confirmed on Tuesday that Hough will be replacing Goodman, 76, who is unable to return to the United States from England due to travel restrictions amidst the coronavirus pandemic. However, ABC added that he will share his ballroom expertise throughout the season in “a different capacity” from his home in London.
Hough took to Instagram on Tuesday to address the news.
“Cats out of the bag:) Looking forward to being Back in the Ballroom,” wrote Hough, 35. “This show has and will always be incredibly special to me. This show has gifted me with so many memories and priceless experiences. Amazing relationships, growth, triumphs, failures, struggles, fears, celebrations, fun and just pure entertainment.”
“I look forward to returning as a judge,” he added. “I hope to be fair, fun, encouraging, honest, helpful, compassionate and I look forward to watching these amazing journeys unfold. See you soon. And good luck to all the competitors this season. Work Hard! Have Fun!”
Hough competed as a professional dancer on “Dancing with the Stars” from 2007 to 2016. He then served as a judge on NBC’s “World of Dance” alongside Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo. He is also not the first Hough to judge “Dancing With The Stars,” as his sister Julianne Hough was a judge on the panel from 2014 to 2017.
Back in July, Hough addressed the firings of Bergeron and his cohost Erin Andrews, admitting that he was “pretty shocked” by the decision.
“But you also understand that we’re in the entertainment industry, nothing is certain, and there’s always these efforts to reinvigorate and switch things up,” Hough said at the time. “So, you look at that and go, that’s also understandable, I think.”
Hough made sure to add that the new host Banks is “fantastic.”
“For me, I’m always sort of a cheerleader for shows to succeed,” he said. “For me, especially for shows I’ve been a part of, that I love and I hold dear to my heart, I want ‘Dancing With the Stars’ to succeed and do well, so I hope it does.”
Goodman has yet to comment on the situation.
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