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Strictly: Which celebrities have had to quit as Robert Webb leaves show?

Robert Webb had to look out of the competition (Image: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing fans were downcast when it became known that Robert Webb and his partner Dianne Buswell had dropped out of the BBC dance competition.

The Peep Show star confirmed the news on Wednesday, stating that it was due to the illness of 49-year-old Robert after major heart surgery.

Just a day later, competitor Ugo Monye announced that he would also be sitting out of the live show that weekend due to problems due to an ongoing injury.

Exits only are rare, but there have been a few instances where this has happened in the past.

But who had to roll out of the ballroom before their time?

Which celebrities had to give up on Strictly?

The following celebrities have had to avoid the competition for various reasons.

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Jimmy Tarbuck – Series 4

Jimmy Tarbuck dances with Flavia Cacace
Jimmy was the first celebrity to leave the show (Image: PA)

The 2006 edition of Strictly saw the first celebrity ahead of its time.

Jimmy Tarbuck, who was 66 years old at the time, was collaborated with Flavia Cacace on the series.

He was forced to retire after health complications, with a BBC statement at the time stating, “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 will no longer take it should be part. ‘

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

Kelly Brook – Series 5

Kelly Brook and Brendan Cole
Kelly Brook left after her father died (Image: PA)

Model Kelly Brook, 41, decided to leave the show’s fifth series after her father died of cancer.

Brook, who was one of the favorites to win, had hoped to continue the show and dance in memory of her father, but found it too difficult.

She was then paired with Brendan Cole.

John Sergeant – Series 6

John Sergeant dances with Kristina Rihanoff
John dodged the competition (Image: PA)

John Sergeant, 77, dropped out of the show for fear of victory.

Former ITN Political Editor John – who worked with Kristina Rihanoff – always ended up bottom of the rankings, but the public kept voting him to the next round.

Former BBC chief correspondent from 1992-2000 voluntarily left the show on week 10 after a farewell dance, 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 – Series 7

Jade Johnson and her dance partner Ian Waite
Athlete Jade had a serious injury (Image: PA)

Track and field athlete Jade, 41, who was dating Ian Waite, retired from Strictly in 2009 after suffering a serious knee injury.

The long jump star heard her knee “pop” during rehearsals and had to miss 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 supported me until the end.”

Will Young – Series 14

Will Young and Karen Clifton
Will Young left the show to take care of his mental health (Image: PA)

Singer Will Young, 42, who was Karen Hauer’s partner, suddenly left the competition in 2016.

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

“I found a creative partnership with Karen, which was the best thing I was able to experience.

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

He later revealed that the cause was due to struggles with anxiety.

“I was just very sick,” he told event magazine in 2019.

“There was no way I should have done this show. I actually tried to break away from it. Then he was convinced that he was saying, “Will the BBC want to work with you? You risk a lot. “

He added, “So I did it, but with panic attacks all along. I kept going to smoke a cigarette and thinking, “I don’t really want to be here”. Then I thought, “I don’t have to be here,” so I left.

“It was so liberating, the best thing I’ve ever done. You have only one life.’

Jamie Laing – Series 17

Jamie Laing and Oti Mabuse
Jamie Laing originally never made it to the live shows (Image: PA)

Before the live shows even started, Jamie Laing, 32, had to finish the race.

The Made in Chelsea star was scheduled to appear in the 2017 edition of the show, but had to strip and injure his foot after an awkward landing during the group dance in the pre-recorded opening show.

A BBC statement said: “Unfortunately, Jamie Laing is unable to participate in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing series due to an injury. As the Strictly launch show has already been taped, Jamie will continue to be featured on this show, which will air on Saturday, September 7th. ‘

Jamie added, “I am absolutely devastated that I will not be able to continue the competition, I was so excited to hit the dance floor.

“I wish the loving couples all the best and hope that they enjoy their time on the show to the full.”

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

The following year Jamie was finally able to make his dance debut and took part in the 18th series alongside Karen Hauer, where he was crowned for the second time.

Will Bayley – Series 17

Janette Manrara and Will Bayley
Will left after a terrible knee injury (Image: BBC / Guy Levy)

The disaster hit the 17th series again when Will Bayley, 33, had to leave the competition due to a knee injury.

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

After sustaining an injury in week five, the sports star decided to retire 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 especially thank Janette for believing in me and for giving me the confidence to believe in myself.”

Nicola Adams – Series 18

Katya Jones and Nicola Adams
Nicola Adams was banned from the competition because of Covid-19 (Image: PA)

Fans were disappointed when Nicola Adams, 38, had to leave the show’s 18th series.

The boxer, part of the show’s very first same-sex couple, was forced to quit after dance partner Katya Jones tested positive for Covid-19.

Nicola stated, “I am absolutely devastated that my Strictly journey is over 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.

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

“I’m discouraged to get out of the competition, but in these unprecedented times and frustrating as it is, the Covid measures in place are there to protect everyone and I do what I can to help.”

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