Former Strictly judge Len Goodman has announced he is stepping down from his role as judge on Dancing With The Stars after more than 15 years with the US show.

The English former professional dancer and legendary Strictly Come Dancing judge said he wanted to spend more time with loved ones back in the UK.

He announced the news during Monday's episode of Dancing With The Stars.

"I’ve been with the show since it started in 2005 and it has been a huge pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful show," he said.

"But I have decided I’d like spend more time with my grandchildren and family back in Britain."

Goodman received a standing ovation from audience members following his announcement.

Source: Press Association