Dancing With the Stars Judge Len Goodman Drops F-Bomb on U.K. Show (UPDATE: He Denies It!)
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Dancing With the Stars Judge Len Goodman Drops F-Bomb on U.K. Show (UPDATE: He Denies It!)

UPDATE: Even though the network apologized for Len's f-bomb, Len himself doesn't believe he did drop an f-bomb, and he wants to clear his name. “I’m convinced that I didn’t swear so I have asked the BBC to get a sound man who can really sort of isolate words and things and see if I did because as far as I know I didn’t swear," he told the Daily Express. "I think it got blown up because the BBC, which I understand, would think, ‘Oh dear, I think he swore, you’d better cover yourself and make an apology.'" He didn't like that the show accused him of swearing, and he doesn't know why he would've said the f-word in that moment since he was being so positive. So ... maybe they'll do some forensic analysis for him? Seems like much ado about nothing, but we can understand him wanting to defend his rep as a professional.

Original story:

Bloody hell, Grumpy! Len Goodman, head judge on Dancing With the Stars, apparently let loose with an f-bomb during a recent live show on the U.K. version, Strictly Come Dancing.

According to The Guardian, Len dropped the bomb while praising a dance by Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff. "I think it’s this place," Len said of Blackpool, "something about the atmosphere, the audience are behind everyone – you come in here, the home of dance – f--king hell." Oopsie!


Maybe the show could've tried to pass it off as a misunderstanding, but — to their credit — they owned the gaffe and apologized. TV presenter Zoe Ball told BBC One viewers during the show, "I also would like to apologize. Len got a little bit carried away with the excitement of the dance and I’m very sorry for the bad language."

A BBC spokesperson also told The Mirror: "Len was caught up in the amazing atmosphere following Simon and Kristina’s Argentine Tango and used some inappropriate language. We apologized immediately for any offence caused and we hope it didn’t spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the show." At least it made the show more memorable! No word on whether Len himself apologized or just shrugged it off.

Len, 70, pulls double duty during the fall seasons, flying back and forth to judge the U.K. and U.S. shows. He missed a few DWTS Season 19 shows in Los Angeles to try and cut back his schedule, but he’s expected to be in the audience tonight (November 17) for the Week 10 Semifinals. Let’s see if he can keep his bleeping language clean this time!

Sources: The Guardian, The Mirror