Monday 19 February 2018

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman fears 'the chop'

Len Goodman. Photo: Getty Images
Len Goodman. Photo: Getty Images

Len Goodman, the Strictly Come Dancing judge, fears being axed by the BBC.

Miriam O'Reilly, the former Countryfile presenter, who is suing the BBC for alleged age and sex discrimination, warned this week that no woman was safe in television once she reached 45. Len Goodman, the Strictly Come Dancing judge, fears that men might be no more secure.

The ex-ballroom dancer worries that he may be dropped like his former colleague, Arlene Phillips, 67.

"They have had a bit of a chop and a change, I have heard, but, if it is my turn, well, so be it," said Goodman, 66, at a Strictly dinner held by the children's charity Fight For Life.

"I am waiting for the contract to come through. Of course, I would love to do it.The BBC usually get in touch around this sort of time. They haven't been in communication with me yet, so I am still waiting."

Last week, the producers told five of the dancers that they would not get to dance with "celebrity" contestants and instead offered them parts in a new group.

"The real fans get to know the professionals almost as well as they know the celebrities, so it will be a bit of a shock to the system," Goodman told Mandrake.

A BBC spokesman said it could not confirm whether Goodman would be a judge on the autumn series.

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