The Truth About Tyra Banks And Len Goodman's Relationship

When a show has been around as long as "Dancing With the Stars," there are bound to be a few changes over the years (whether the viewers like it or not). Season 30, for example, brought a slew of "firsts," as dancer and singer JoJo Siwa and partner Jenna Johnson shattered barriers by becoming the first same-sex dancing duo in the history of "Dancing with the Stars" (per EW). Meanwhile, Cheryl Burke and her Peloton instructor partner, Cody Rigsby, bravely faced the first-ever remote performance on "DWTS," after both dancers contracted breakthrough COVID-19 cases (via People).

One of the show's biggest shake-ups came in Season 29, when Tyra Banks became the new host of the show, replacing longtime hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews (via Good Housekeeping). "It's been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career," Bergeron wrote on Twitter, regarding his sudden exit from the show. 

Banks has received less than stellar feedback from "Dancing With the Stars" viewers, but the harshest criticism may have come from head judge Len Goodman.

Tyra Banks and Len Goodman don't see eye to eye on the future of Dancing With the Stars

Tyra Banks had big shoes to fill when she replaced Tom Bergeron as the host of "Dancing With the Stars," especially since Bergeron had been a part of "DWTS" since its conception in 2005 (via The New York Times). Many fans were shocked and taken aback by the abrupt departure of Bergeron and Erin Andrews and questioned what the change would mean for the future of "DWTS" (via The U.S. Sun). Another person who wasn't thrilled with the switch-up? Len Goodman.

Sources told OK! that Goodman "doesn't think there is anything wrong with the show" and that the longtime judge "is proud of the show he started in England before adapting it for a U.S. audience." Goodman, according to the source, "would never have replaced beloved host Tom Bergeron, but no one asked his opinion."

They added, "Len thinks Tyra has no respect for the art of ballroom dancing and instead wants to turn the show into "Keep Up With the Kardashians [sic]." Ouch.

Banks' hosting debut occurred on Season 29, one of the few seasons Goodman was unavailable to host due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (via Newsweek). Her gig got off to a slightly rocky start and reached an all-time low when she incorrectly announced the wrong bottom two one week (via Today). Will Banks' hosting get a little more love in the future? Only time will tell!