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It had been claimed that producers were set to replace the veteran judge for the next series of the BBC ballroom show, with the Daily Star reporting that it was seen as a way of keeping ‘Strictly’ ahead of ‘The X Factor’ in the ratings war.
However, a ‘Strictly’ spokesperson branded the story “ridiculous” when approached by HuffPost UK, refusing to comment further.
Len recently stepped down as a judge on the US version of the show after an impressive 20 series, in order to focus on his role on ‘Strictly’
But having been replaced by guest judges, he will now return for ‘Dancing With The Stars’ 22nd season in the spring.
In an interview last month, Len insisted he has no current plans to quit ‘Strictly’, but does have an exit plan for when the time comes to leave.
“I don’t ever want to stay on beyond my sell-by date, dribbling and dozing off. But I like to think I’ve still got all my faculties. I’m 35 in my head. And gorgeous!”
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ continues tonight (5 December) at 7pm on BBC One.
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