Watch: Anton Du Beke overcome with tears in tribute to Len Goodman
The former Strictly and Dancing With The Stars head judge has died just days ahead of his 79th birthday after battling cancer.
Du Beke, 56, told The One Show: "He said to me when I got the job [of judge]..."
The ballroom dancer then became overcome with emotion and struggled to speak.
Removing his glasses and taking a deep breath he said: "Ridiculous, isn't it?"
Du Beke then continued: "When I got the job, he said, 'Say what you see, and be yourself.' And that was exactly as Len was. He was himself. And I was lucky enough to know him for a long time and lucky enough to call him a friend. So I miss him."
Host Alex Jones - who competed in the ninth series of Strictly in 2011 when Goodman was still head judge - also became emotional as she exclaimed: "Oh, Anton. God, what a lovely tribute to Len. My goodness."
The Welsh TV presenter added: "When we see you judging on Strictly, you really remind me of Len," she said. "You really do. So he lives on through Anton."
Goodman was head judge on BBC's Strictly when it launched in 2004 until 2016.
He was also head judge on the US version of the celebrity dance contest Dancing With The Stars from 2005 until 2022.
He announced his retirement from Dancing With The Stars in November 2022 to spend more time with his family. At the time he knew that he had developed bone cancer.
Strictly's current head judge Shirley Ballas has been among the many celebrities to have paid tribute to Goodman.
She tweeted: "What extremely sad news this morning. As I came off Good Morning Britain I heard of the passing of my dearest friend Len Goodman.
"My past teacher, a dance legend and a true gentlemen. He was a shining star in the ballroom that everyone loved."