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Dancing With the Stars Shocker: Find Out Which Judge Is Leaving the Show!


There will be no 10s from Len this season.

Len Goodman has exited Dancing With the Stars ahead of its 21st season, E! News has confirmed.

"Len will not be returning as a judge this season on Dancing with the Stars due to his schedule as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and the birth of his new grandson," showrunner Rob Wade said in a statement of Goodman's exit. "He still might be involved in the season at some capacity, but we will have to wait and see. "

While Goodman had announced in December 2014 that he would be leaving his post as the ABC reality hit's head judge, he appeared to have had a change of heart in January, with Wade telling us that season 20 would not be Goodman's "last season."

But it looks like Goodman once again changed his mind as he will not be sitting at the judges' table when the show returns on Sept. 14, as first reported by People.

As E! News previously reported, DWTS was preparing for Goodman's exit, with Wade saying they were eyeing some guest judges, which he reiterated in his statement regarding Goodman's exit. "We are planning on having great guest judges for some shows to join Bruno [Tonioli], Carrie Ann [Inaba] and Julianne Hough, and I'm sure we will see Len in the ballroom again soon."

Before Goodman informed the show that he would not be returning for season 21, Wade was confident the would be back eventually, saying, "Whatever happens this season, whether he comes back for some or none, the following season…I'm sure he'd be back for."

Nine of the professional dancers for season 21 were revealed on Good Morning America on Wednesday, with Karina Smirnoff set to return after sitting last season out. Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Val Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Allison Holker, Sharna BurgessWitney Carson, Peta Murgatroyd and are also confirmed to return. The three final pros will be announced at a later date.

DWTS returns Monday, Sept. 14 on ABC.

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