Len Goodman criticises stars who leave BBC for ITV
Len Goodman has spoken out against stars who have left the BBC to work for rivals ITV because they've been offered more money, insisting he'll always remain loyal to the company
Len Goodman has criticised stars for quitting the BBC in favour of ITV.
The 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge has spoken out about the habit of presenters and talent who begin their careers on the BBC leaving to work for rivals ITV when they're offered more money.
He said: "I can't stand these people. The BBC made them what they are and then they shoot off to ITV. You have to be a bit loyal in this game.
"I'd never not do Strictly, it's fantastic. I love it and without the BBC I would have got nothing."
Examples of BBC presenters who have switched to ITV include former Strictly judge Alesha Dixon - who joined ITV's 'Britain's Got Talent' for a big-money deal in 2012 - and former 'BBC Breakfast' host Susanna Reid, who now works on rival show 'Good Morning Britain'.
Len, 70, first joined the BBC in 2004 when the first series of Strictly aired and he insists that he will remain 100% loyal to the company.
He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I've been so fortunate to work on Strictly. Sometimes I read, 'Goodman isn't going to do it any more'. That's a load of nonsense. I'll never not do it for as long as they ask me to do the show."