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Monday 15 September 2014

Len Goodman pledges BBC loyalty

Len Goodman has denied he's asked for more cash

Len Goodman has vowed he will never defect from Strictly Come Dancing like former co-star Alesha Dixon - and will stick with the series until the BBC tire of him.

The judge, who saw his fellow panellist poached by Simon Cowell to join ITV1's Britain's Got Talent, insists he cannot be lured away.

Len - also a judge on US show Dancing With The Stars - said: "I'm going to keep pressing on with it until they get fed up with me."

And the the 67-year-old said he was perfectly happy with his pay packet for the series, despite reports that the remaining judges - including Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli - were demanding more cash.

Len said: "I'm quite happy with what I get paid, but if they give me more I'm not going to say no to it."

And he pledged his loyalty to the broadcaster for giving him his "life-changing" opportunity, saying he would not defect "in a million, trillion years".

"The BBC were wonderful - they didn't know who I was really, I'm just a dance teacher", he said. "They gave me an opportunity to do Strictly Come Dancing which was a life-changing event really, and I think that they deserve my loyalty, and my loyalty is what they will get.

"I have no intention of stopping or slowing down. I'm in a position where I could do that, but once I stop I know what would happen, I'd be sitting indoors on a Saturday night watching Strictly Come Dancing and I'd be thinking 'that's a bloody stupid thing to say' and thinking 'I wish I'd kept going'," he said.

Len has teamed up with GlaxoSmithKline and NHS London to inspire over 55s with long-term health conditions to lead a more active lifestyle. More information is available at www.yourpersonalbestcampaign.co.uk.

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