Strictly Come Dancing bosses have revealed they will still eliminate another duo from their star-studded lineup this weekend despite comedian Robert Webb’s shock exit.
The Peep Show star, 49, who had open heart surgery two years ago, said he was advised by a doctor to quit the show after he had "begun to feel symptoms" while training for the BBC One celebrity dancing competition.
Despite the unexpected departure, Strictly bosses have confirmed that another dancing duo will follow Robert out of the ballroom this weekend.
Releasing a statement, Robert said that he was "proud" to have performed three routines with Australian dancer Dianne Buswell and explained why he'd been forced to withdraw.
He shared: "Two years ago I had open heart surgery and although I believed I 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 news came as a huge shock to fans, who have been impressed by Robert and Dianne's routines – most recently performing while dressed up as Kermit The Frog and Ms. Piggy for Movie Week.
The Peep Show favourite went on: "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.”
The married dad-of-two, who is a regular comedy panelist on Have I Got News for You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and QI, recently opened up about his health battles, admitting it forced him to change his lifestyle.
The Cambridge University English graduate said he had been “slow-killing” himself with alcohol, increasing the amount he was consuming to the point where he believed he had become addicted.
But his near-death experience, and being taken into hospital, gave him the shock he needed. He said: “It does give you a different perspective, because I had been trying to give up drinking and smoking for the last five, six or ten years and found it really difficult.”
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