Julianne Hough is paying tribute to an icon.
The former Dancing With the Stars pro is weighing in on Len Goodman‘s exit, which he announced during Nov. 14’s episode, expressing that she has “pure gratitude for the legend that he is.”
“I’ve known him since I was 10 years old,” she exclusively told E! News at the premiere of Broadway’s & Juliet. “He has just completely changed then narrative of ballroom dancing and made it what it is today, and we look to Len for all of the advice and the wisdom. I just want to say thank you to him for being the voice of ballroom dancing for all of us.”
Len had been a part of Dancing With the Stars since its inception in 2005, mainly as the series’ solo head judge. During his exit speech, he explained that he’s leaving to spend more time with his family in Great Britain.