The head judge has quit the show

When professional dancer Gleb Savchenko revealed in June that he wouldn’t be returning for this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, we thought we’d suffered the harshest of departure blows.

People, we were wrong – as head judge Len Goodman has now announced that he’ll be leaving the show as well!

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After over a decade in the role, Len, 72, revealed on Wednesday (13th July) that he will be stepping down from the show after the upcoming series – making 2015 the last time he’ll be on the judging panel.

GIF Lauren Conrad The Hills crying sadIn a heartfelt release, Len wrote: ‘In 2004, I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show, and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on.

‘This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of Head Judge to someone else.’

Len concluded by stating his anticipation for the next series and his post-Strictly life: ‘It is an honour being part of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing family and I’m looking forward to my last series very much and to whatever comes next.’

In addition to his judging job on Strictly, Len has also been the head judge on the US version, Dancing With The Stars, which films two seasons per year. He missed the winter version of the show after announcing his departure from DWTS in August – but returned for the spring series earlier this year.

As of yet, it’s unknown whether he’ll step down from DWTS for good, as well.

On the bright side, presenting double act Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have been confirmed to host the upcoming series once again – so at least we can count on the non-competing side of the show to remain the same for one last time.