What heart surgery did Robert Webb have and why has he left Strictly Come Dancing

Robert Webb has proved one of the standout stars of this year's Strictly Come Dancing, capturing the nation's attention since the show started three weeks ago.

So fans have been left gutted after the Peep Show actor has confirmed that he has been forced to leave the dancing competition early.

Strictly viewers will be shocked to learn that Robert had decided to leave following his doctor's advice after experiencing symptoms in rehearsals.

The 49-year-old underwent heart surgery in 2019 and has been advised that he leaves the show as he is still in recovery from the operation.

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The comedian had to be operated on after discovering that he had a mitral valve prolapse – a small flap in the heart that has become too floppy, affecting how blood flows around the body.

Robert, married to fellow comedian Abigail Burdess with whom he shares two daughters, had open-heart surgery where the muscles, valves, or arteries operated on.

Previously, the actor had credited the operation for his reason to enter the show.

Robert said: "I've always been a big fan of the show and it's partly my age and it's nearly two years ago I had a big deal health thing.

"Since then, my attitude is basically this is no time to be cool, sitting at the edges watching other people dancing and actually if you've got something to offer, maybe it's time to offer it."

Strictly viewers were left charmed by Robert's surprisingly good routines and his former Peep Show costar David Mitchell.

David and his wife Victoria Coren were also spotted supporting Robert from the audience during Week 3 Movies Week.

Following his shock departure, Robert shared photos of him dancing with partner Dianne Buswell, saying: "Very sad to be leaving but didn't have a choice.

"Thanks for all the lovely messages. I'm going to be just fine once I've had a good rest.

"Very proud of these dances and will be forever in the debt of the luminous @diannebuswell."

In response, Dianne typed: "You were epic! Invoice is on its way to you! I took off of the Deliveroo coffees. All jokes aside, you did me very proud!"

"Especially that tango one of my fav I have ever done on strictly, so thank you for that moment." (sic).

While show host Claudia Winkleman remarked: "We'll miss you so much. Sending all love xxxx."

Get well soon, Robert.

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