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Roseanne Barr and Robert F Kennedy Jr Join ‘DWTS’ Cast after Len Goodman Retirement Cancelled [NEWS UPDATE]

By Shane Jordan s.jordan@classicalite.com on Feb 19, 2015 09:39 PM EST

While ABC hasn't officially announced the entire lineup of Season 20 Dancing with the Star celebrity contests, a few names have been leaked a little early to drum up anticipation. According to the latest gossip news updates, comedienne Roseanne Barr, political activist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., footballer Malcolm Butler and current Bachelor Chris Soules will all be joining the TV show in the coming season. Even more exciting is the news that head judge, Len Goodman, won't be retiring form the series after all. Len announced last year that he thought one last season would be enough, but it is now being reported that all Goodman really needed was a little more time off.

All the in-depth details about the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars have yet to be revealed, but it is being widely reported that a few of the quasi-famous names have been leaked to drum up anticipation for the official announcement slated for next Tuesday (via E! Online):

"The list is not yet final, however, we are told that comedy vet Roseanne Barr, Patriots player Malcolm Butler and radio host/activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are also in final talks to appear on the ABC dancefest."

The proposed contestants have yet to official confirm or deny anything, but Roseanne Barr did let her Twitter followers know that the show's producers had reached out to her a few weeks ago.

Far better news than the list of contestants is the reportthat Len Goodman won't be leaving the show forever after all.

After he finished shooting the last season, the head judge claimed in one interview that he was pretty sure his time on the show was going to be coming to an end due to his exhaustion, but executive producer Rob Wade told E! News that things weren't going to be as dramatic as all that after all:

"He was tired and he felt bad about being away, he was exhausted...I had a lot of conversations before the last season about it...When he had the interview, he was like, 'Season 20 is a good place to end,' because I think what Len felt was, since he's such a good guy, he felt like if he went away for a season, we wouldn't [want] him back."

According to Wade, Len can take all the time off he needs in Season 20 or any other year, and when he wants to return they will make some room for him:

"I don't know how we'd use him, but he's very open to it. I spoke to Len two days ago.

"For Season 22, the spring, he's very up for coming back.

"And if we can come to an agreement, he absolutely wants to come back."

Here's hoping against hope that when Len comes back, he does so as a highly favored celebrity contestant.

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