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Strictly Come Dancing celebrities to quit show

Over the years, a number of Strictly Come Dancing stars have left the BBC One show.

Big names like Robert Webb, Will Young and Kelly Brook are just a few.


Can you name all of the celebs who quit Strictly over the years?Photo credit: Instagram

It was announced today that Strictly 2021 star Robert and partner Dianne Buswell have left the competition.

The couple confirmed the news tonight, stating that it was due to the illness of 49-year-old Robert after major heart surgery.

Have you wondered who else made a quick get off the dance floor?

Let’s take a look…

Robert Webb

Robert is the newest star to leave the show


Robert is the newest star to leave the showPhoto credit: BBC

The comedian was one of 15 famous faces to appear on the show that year.

But just THREE days before the fourth live show, he confirmed that he will be leaving the competition.

Robert said in a statement: “I am very sorry to announce that I am withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing for health reasons. I had open heart surgery two years ago and while I believed I was fit enough to handle Strictly and its demanding schedule, I realized that for this phase of my recovery I had bitten off a lot more than I could chew.

“I had started experiencing symptoms that made me urgently seek a consultation with my cardiac specialist and she thought it would be better for my health to withdraw from the show.”

He added, “I am proud of the three dances that Dianne Buswell and I performed and I deeply regret having let them down. I couldn’t have asked for a more talented partner or more patient teacher, and it’s a level of Dianne’s professionalism and friendliness that has brought me as far as I did.

“Thanks also to everyone at home who voted for us. It was always a difficult mountain to climb (on the one hand it is made of glitter, so it is very slippery) and I was particularly touched by the support from fellow patients.

“I think maybe I was too eager to impress her. You will know that recovery is not always straightforward, and I hope you are not too disappointed that I reached the limits of my resilience much earlier than I did. ”I hoped.

“I leave knowing that the Strictly viewers are in very safe hands and I will be cheering my sibling contestants until Christmas. Despite this sad ending, it was a real honor to be part of this huge, joyful and barking crazy TV show. May it go on like this for a long time. “

Nicola Adams

The boxer's partner Katya Jones was infected with Covid-19 and they had to leave the competition


The boxer’s partner Katya Jones was infected with Covid-19 and they had to leave the competitionPhoto credit: BBC

The 38-year-old professional boxer was part of the show’s first same-sex couple last year.

Nicola and her partner Katya Jones in the 18th series were canceled when the professional dancer tested positive for Covid-19.

After The Sun spread the word, Nicola stated, “I am absolutely devastated that my Strictly journey is coming to an end so quickly.

“I had so much more to give and so many people to win for! But I just want to say a big thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for.

“She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it was an amazing experience.

“It hurts to be out of the competition, but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the Covid measures in place are there to protect everyone and I’m doing what I can to help.

“I’ll be spending the next 14 days isolating myself so I want to apologize in advance for the ridiculous amount of TikToks I’ll be posting in my newfound free time when I’m not playing!”

Will Bayley

Will's time in competition ended after a knee injury


Will’s time in competition ended after a knee injuryPhoto credit: BBC

The British Paralympic table tennis player, 33, already took part in the 17th series with Janette Manrara in 2019.

After sustaining a terrible knee injury in week five, the sports star decided to step back from the competition so as not to jeopardize his future at the Tokyo Paralympic Games the following year.

He said, “I am disappointed that my Strictly journey had to come to an end. I loved being part of the show and I am so grateful for the phenomenal support we received.

“I would like to express my special thanks to Janette for believing in me and giving me the confidence to believe in myself.”

Jamie Laing

Jamie Laing injured his foot during rehearsals and didn't even make it into the first week


Jamie Laing injured his foot during rehearsals and didn’t even make it into the first week

The 32-year-old Made in Chelsea star was scheduled to take part in the 17th series in 2019, but had to cancel at the last minute.

Jamie landed awkwardly during the group dance of the taped opening show and injured his foot.

In a statement from the BBC, the BBC said: “Unfortunately, due to an injury, Jamie Laing is no longer able to participate in this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing program, which will air on Saturday September 7th.”

Jamie added, “I am absolutely devastated that I cannot continue the competition, I was so excited to take the dance floor. I wish the loving couples all the best and hope that they will spend their time on the to the full.” demonstrate.”

The reality favorite was replaced by Emmerdale actor Kevin Fletcher and won the show with Obi Mabuse.

In the following year, Jamie was finally allowed to make his dance debut and participated in the 18th series on the side of Karen Hauer.

He was crowned runner-up.

Will Young

Will played in the competition in 2016


Will played in the competition in 2016

Singer Will, 42, appeared alongside Karen Hauer in the 14th season in 2016.

His shocking exit came a couple of dances after bumping into chief judge Len Goodman.

Will’s statement at the time was: “To be part of Strictly has been my ambition for a long time.

“I found a creative partnership with Karen that was the best thing I could experience.

“Unfortunately, I am leaving the show for personal reasons. I leave with a joy in my heart that I have been able to attend one of the most popular shows on British television.”

Friends of the singer blamed his fear as the reason for quitting.

Kelly Brook

It has been reported that Kelly and Brendan Cole did not get along


It has been reported that Kelly and Brendan Cole did not get alongPhoto credit: BBC

Kelly Brook was paired with Brendan Cole in 2007.

It was reported that they did not get along and had a fiery argument backstage six weeks later.

The model decided to leave the show after her father died.

John Sergeant

John decided to leave the show after 10 weeks


John decided to leave the show after 10 weeksPhoto credit: BBC

77-year-old journalist John, who was the BBC’s former chief correspondent from 1992 to 2000, was one of the famous faces to appear on the show’s 6th series in 2008.

He was a partner of Kristina Rihanoff.

The former ITN political editor always ended up in the bottom of the rankings, but the public kept voting him through to the next round.

The TV star volunteered after a farewell dance on week 10, saying, “The problem is that now there is a real risk that I might win the competition.

“Even for me that would be a joke too far.”

Jade Johnson

Jade had to cancel the show due to a knee injury


Jade had to cancel the show due to a knee injuryPhoto credit: BBC

The 41-year-old retired track and field athlete who dated Ian Waite retired from Strictly in 2009 following a serious knee injury.

During rehearsals in 2009, the long jump star heard her knee “pop” and had to do without the competition for two weeks.

About her departure, she said, “I’m a competitor and I don’t give up easily, so I’m absolutely disappointed that I can’t keep dancing on the show.

“I had a great time and really enjoyed learning to dance and I will miss training with Ian (Waite) who was a fantastic partner.

“I would like to thank everyone at home who have supported me all the way.”

Jimmy Tarbuck

Jimmy took part in the 4th series in 2006


Jimmy took part in the 4th series in 2006Photo credit: BBC

The 2006 absolute favorite, Jimmy, was 66 years old when he appeared on the show.

He was teamed up with Flavia Cacace in the 4th series but had to retire after health complications.

A BBC statement at the time said: “Following a medical evaluation this week, Jimmy, the doctors and the BBC have come to a decision that for the sake of Jimmy’s health he should no longer attend.”

The comedian was disheartened by this and said, “I’m absolutely devastated that I can’t take part anymore.”

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