Loose Women have paid tribute to Len Goodman, after his death aged 78.
On Monday’s instalment of the daytime panel show, former Strictly stars Ruth Langsford and Frankie Bridge reminisced over his one-liners.
At the opening of Loose Women, host Ruth said of Len: ‘He was just such a lovely man. He had been on Loose Women many times. Everyone is very sad about it. We will miss him so much.’
A throwback clip was then played, showing Len on Loose Women teaching famous baker Paul Hollywood how to dance.
After it was shown, Ruth – who was on Strictly in 2017 – admitted: ‘Who wouldn’t have loved a dance lesson from the lovely Len? He left the year before I was on the show.’
Sad: Loose Women have paid tribute to Len Goodman, after his death aged 78
Fond memories: On Monday’s instalment of the daytime panel show, former Strictly stars Ruth Langsford and Frankie Bridge reminisced over his one-liners
Valued: Frankie Bridge – who competed on Strictly in 2014 when Len was head judge – said: ‘He was always the person that you really valued his opinion’
Frankie Bridge – who competed on Strictly in 2014 when Len was head judge – said: ‘He was always the person that you really valued his opinion. He had those little one-liners that you knew were Len’s.’
Jayne Moore added: ‘He was gonna be a footballer but he got an injury and then got into dancing.’
Coleen Nolan praised Len’s character, as she noted: ‘He was so charming. He was constructive. He was never mean just to make a point.’
Ruth, who is married to GB news anchor Eamonn Holmes, told viewers: ‘Eamonn and he spent days together travelling to film a TV show.
‘Eamonn came back and said he is the loveliest man. Everywhere they went everyone just wanted to meet him.’
Ruth also shared her condolences with Len’s family as she said: ‘We must say a much loved husband, father and grandfather too.’
TV presenter Eamonn had earlier shared a throwback photograph of himself and Len sitting together in a pub, and wrote alongside the snap of them sharing a pint: ‘This sort of post is sadly becoming too regular. Len Goodman gone.
‘What an impeccable man in the way he danced the way he was groomed. This is us in an Irish pub in Cushendall in The Glens of Antrim. We laughed all day. Total Gentleman.’
Praise! Coleen Nolan praised Len’s character, as she noted: ‘He was so charming. He was constructive. He was never mean just to make a point’
The much-loved Strictly Come Dancing judge had been in a hospice in Tunbridge Wells in Kent following a short illness.
He passed away on Saturday night – just six months into his retirement. He would have been 79 tomorrow.
A spokeswoman for Len told MailOnline: ‘I can confirm he died peacefully over the weekend surrounded by his family’, adding that he was ‘a much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew him’.
The former head judge of Strictly Come Dancing from its launch in 2004 until 2016, Len was hugely popular with fans for his knowledge and wry humour.
He was a professional dancer and teacher who became a national treasure after auditioning for Strictly aged 60 – when most people are looking to retire.
As well as Strictly, he also appeared on the US version of the show, Dancing With the Stars from 2005 until November 2022, where he was last seen on TV, declaring he was retiring to spend more time with his wife Sue, and his grandchildren.
In December Len revealed how he spends his Saturday nights since retiring – shouting at the TV while watching Strictly and especially Craig Revel Horwood — or ‘bl**dy Craig’ as Len called him.
After retiring he told the Mail: ‘My dad had the right idea, too. He loved gardening and he had a stroke while he was out in the garden. He was 79 so if I go the way of my dad, that’ll be next year.’
Close: Ruth’s husband Eamonn Holmes wrote alongside a photo of the two sharing a pint that ‘this sort of post is sadly becoming too regular. Len Goodman gone. What an impeccable man.’
Len leaves behind a wife, son and two grandchildren.
His wife Sue Barrett. The pair were together for 10 years before getting married in December 2012.
He was previously married to his dance partner Cherry Kingston from 1972 until 1987. They share son James William Goodman, 41, who was born in 1981.
James is married to Sophie Goodman and they share two children together.
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