Less than a year after the death of Len Goodman, his colleague Dancing with the stars Judge Bruno Tonioli thinks about his loss.
“I knew [he was sick.] He told me,” Tonioli, 67, said during a performance on Friday, September 1 Live with Kelly and Mark. “I knew beforehand and he wanted to be completely private and I wanted to be completely private [understand].”
He added: “I wasn’t expecting that [his death] It’s going to happen so soon and I actually got an email from him announcing I was going to do it Britain’s Got Talent.”
Tonioli – who sat on the jury with Goodman for both DWTS and its British counterpart, Be sure to come dance – went on to gushed about the “very nice” message he received in January.
“Then it ended with a ‘thank you,'” the Italian choreographer told the hosts Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos before he started crying. “Actually, I can’t [speak about it] because Len would hate to do that. He’d say, “Oh, get up Bruno.” You’re a lucky man and we’ve had a great life. We had a great time, have fun! Make every day count and have a good time.’ And that’s his spirit, so we have to celebrate him, because the life he would want it to be is [that].”
Us weekly confirmed in April that Goodman had died at the age of 78. “It is with great sadness that we announce that Len Goodman has passed away peacefully at the age of 78,” his agent said. Jackie Giltold Us in an opinion. “A beloved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.”
Goodman died after a private battle with bone cancer following a hospice stay in his native England.
“Hard broken [sic] “My dear friend and partner of 19 years, the only ballroom legend #LenGoodman, has passed away,” Tonioli wrote on Instagram at the time. “I will cherish the memories of our adventures @bbcstrictly @officialdwts there will never be anyone like you, you will always be my perfect 10.”❤️.”
Goodman and Tonioli were founding members of the DWTS Jury member in 2005 Carrie Ann Inaba. Goodman announced his retirement in November 2022 after appearing in season 31. Tonioli and Inaba, 55, will return for season 32 this fall alongside their fellow judge Derek Hough but do not plan to replace Goodman’s seat.
“I think it will be. I find [they are] Somehow I realize that three is the right amount. And the good thing about three is that they also have room for guest judges,” Hough, 38, said exclusively Us weeks before Goodman’s death.