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Dancing With the Stars is giving Len Goodman the last word honor by renaming the coveted trophy after the late choose.
“The Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy will now be lifted on Dancing With the Stars just like the Vince Lombardi trophy is lifted on the Super Bowl,” govt producer Conrad Green instructed USA Today on Wednesday, September 20. “We needed to make Len a everlasting a part of this present, to at all times remind folks the significance he’s needed to Dancing With the Stars and the way a lot he meant to all of us.”
In addition to memorializing Goodman with the grand prize, Green additionally teased that the season 32 premiere of the competitors collection, which airs on September 26, might be devoted to Goodman, who had been the top choose on DWTS since its inaugural season in 2005.
“Len loves this present and can at all times be there, wanting down on us,” he mentioned to the outlet.
Us Weekly confirmed in April that Goodman had died on the age of 78 following his non-public battle with bone most cancers. “It is with nice disappointment to announce that Len Goodman has handed away peacefully, aged 78,” his agent, Jackie Gill, instructed Us in a press release. “A much-loved husband, father and grandfather who might be sorely missed by household, pals and all who knew him.”
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Five months earlier than his passing, Goodman introduced that he was retiring as a choose on DWTS following its thirty first season. (Goodman was additionally head choose of the present’s BBC counterpart, Strictly Come Dancing, from its premiere in 2004 to 2016.)
“I’ve been with the present because it began in 2005 and it has been an enormous pleasure to be a part of such a beautiful present, however I’ve determined I want to spend extra time with my grandchildren and household again in Britain,” he revealed on the time. “I can not thanks sufficient, the Dancing With the Stars household, it’s been such a beautiful expertise for me and I’m wanting ahead a lot to subsequent week’s finale.”
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Strictly Come Dancing paid an emotional tribute to Goodman on its season 21 premiere final week along with his former costars sharing a few of their favourite recollections of the ballroom choose.
“He’d lived a life and he introduced all that have to the present. He would let you know you’d danced awfully, however in such a pleasant approach you type of didn’t thoughts,” Strictly choose Anton Du Beke recalled. “Len is someone you’d wish to have as a good friend and I used to be lucky sufficient to have Len as a good friend for a few years.”