Strictly Come Dancing: Len Goodman condemned by viewers after swearing at fellow judge
Published 16/11/2011 | 08:52
LEN Goodman has been condemned by viewers for calling fellow Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood a "sod" on live television.
The 67-year-old was branded “appalling” by fans who flooded the BBC with hundreds of complaints over his outburst on Saturday night’s show.
The remark came in a row over drummer Harry Judd’s Argentine tango with partner Aliona Vilani.
The pair disagreed over whether the McFly musician’s dance had captured the right atmosphere, with Goodman claiming it was “clinical” and lacked “intensity”.
When Revel Horwood disagreed, Goodman, the show’s head judge retorted: “There was no passion, you silly little sod.”
Host Sir Bruce Forsyth quickly intervened, telling Goodman to “go and wash his mouth out” before the judge apologised to the audience.
However, the corporation was bombarded with more than 600 complaints from angry viewers with one saying Goodman had “stepped well and truly over the line”.
Another claimed that Strictly was becoming a show unsuitable for family viewing.
A BBC spokesman said: “Strictly Come Dancing is a live show and this was an unscripted, off the cuff remark for which Len apologised on air immediately afterwards.”