ROBERT WEBB has pulled out of Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health, It Takes Two host Janette Manrara announced on Wednesday.
Strictly Come Dancing star Robert Webb has announced he will be leaving the competition after three weeks due to health issues with his heart. Former Strictly professional Janette Manrara announced his departure from the show on BBC Two’s It Takes Two where she read aloud a statement from the Peep Show star confirming his exit.
Speaking on his departure, Robert said: “I’m extremely sorry to have to announce that I’m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health.
“Two years ago, I had open-heart surgery and although I believed it was fit enough to take on Strictly and its demanding schedule, it became clear that I had bitten off way more than I could chew for this stage in my recovery.
“I had begun to feel symptoms that led me to seek an urgent consultation with my heart specialist, and it was her view that it would be better for the sake of my health to step back from the show,” the comedian explained.
“I’m proud of the three dances that Dianne Buswell and I managed to perform and deeply regret having to let her down like this.
“I couldn’t have wished for a more talented partner or more patient teacher, and it’s a measure of Dianne’s professionalism and kindness that I was able to get as far as I did.
“Thanks too to everyone at home who voted for us, it was always going to be a difficult mountain to climb (for one thing, it’s made of glitter, so it’s very skiddy), and I’ve been especially touched by the support from fellow heart patients.
“I think perhaps I was too eager to impress them. They will know that recovery doesn’t always go in a straight line, and I hope they’re not too disappointed that I ran into the limits of my resilience much sooner than I’d hoped.
“I leave knowing that Strictly viewers are in very safe hands, and I’ll be cheering for my brother and sister contestants all the way to Christmas.
“Despite this sad ending, it has been a genuine honour to be part of this huge, joyful and barking mad TV show. Long may it continue.
His partner Dianne Buswell also wrote. “Brinkwire Summary News”.