Strictly Come Dancing celebrities to quit show – from Robert Webb and Will Young to Kelly Brook

OVER the years a number of Strictly Come Dancing celebrities have quit the BBC One show.

The likes of Robert Webb, Will Young and Kelly Brook are just to name a few.

Earlier today it was revealed that Strictly 2021 star Robert and his partner Dianne Buswell quit the competition.

The pair confirmed the news this evening, explaining that it was due to 49-year-old Robert's ill health following major heart surgery.

Have you wondered who else has made a swift exit from the dance floor?

Let's take a look…

Robert Webb

The comedian was one of 15 famous faces taking part in the show this year.

But just THREE days before the fourth live show, he confirmed he was leaving the competition.

Robert said in a statement: “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 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."

He added: "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.”

Nicola Adams

The professional boxer, 38, was part of the show's first ever same-sex couple last year.

Nicola and her partner Katya Jones stint on the 18th series was cut short when the pro dancer tested positive for Covid-19.

After The Sun broke the news, Nicola explained: "I’m absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon.

"I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for! But I just want to say a huge 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’s been an incredible experience.

"I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the Covid measures in place are to keep everyone safe, and I’m doing what I can to help.

"I’ll be spending the next 14 days isolating so I’d like to apologise in advance for the ridiculous amount of TikToks I’ll be posting, in my new found free time when I’m not gaming!"

Will Bayley

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

After suffering a horrific knee injury in week five, the sports star decided to stand down from the competition to make sure he wouldn't jeopardise his future in the Tokyo Paralympic games the following year.

He said: "I’m gutted my Strictly journey has had to come to an end. I’ve loved being part of the show, and am so grateful for the phenomenal support we have received.

"I want to say a special thank you to Janette for believing in me, and giving me the confidence to believe in myself."

Jamie Laing

The Made in Chelsea star, 32, was supposed to take part in the 17th series back in 2019 but had to pull out last minute.

Jamie landed awkwardly during the group dance on the pre-recorded opening show and hurt his foot.

In a statement the BBC said: "Sadly, due to an injury, Jamie Laing will no longer be able to take part in this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing. As the Strictly launch show is pre-recorded, Jamie will still feature in this programme which airs Saturday September 7."

Jamie added: "I’m absolutely devastated that I’m unable to continue in the competition, I was so excited to hit the dance floor. I would like to wish the lovely couples all the very best and hope they enjoy their time on the show to the fullest.”

The reality favourite was replaced by Emmerdale actor Kevin Fletcher and ended up winning the show with Obi Mabuse.

The following year Jamie fianlly got to make his dancing debut and took part in the 18th series alongside Karen Hauer.

He was crowned runner-up.

Will Young

Singer Will, 42, appeared on the 14th series back in 2016 alongside Karen Hauer.

His shock departure came a few dances after clashing heads with head judge Len Goodman.

Will's statement at the time read: "To be a part of Strictly has been a long time ambition of mine.

"I have found a creative partnership with Karen that has been the most wonderful thing to experience.

"Unfortunately, I am leaving the show for personal reasons. I leave with joy in my heart that I have been able to take part in one of the most loved shows on British television."

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

Kelly Brook 

Kelly Brook was paired with Brendan Cole in 2007.

It was reported that they didn't get on and had a blazing row backstage six weeks in.

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

John Sergeant

Journalist John, 77 – who was the BBC's former Chief Political Correspondent from 1992 to 2000 – was one of the famous faces who took part in the 6th series of the show in 2008.

He was partnered with Kristina Rihanoff.

The former political editor of ITN consistently finished bottom of the leaderboard, but the public keep voting him through to the next round.

The TV star voluntarily left the show in Week 10 following a farewell dance, saying: "The trouble is that there is now a real danger that I might win the competition.

"Even for me that would be a joke too far."

Jade Johnson

The retired track and field athlete, 41 – who was paired with Ian Waite – withdrew from Strictly in 2009 after a serious knee injury.

During rehearsals in 2009, the long jump star heard her knee "pop" and had to miss two weeks of the competition.

Speaking about her departure, she said: "I'm a competitor and I don't give up easily so I'm absolutely gutted that it means that I can't continue dancing in the show.

"I've had a great time and really enjoyed learning to dance, and I am going to miss training with Ian (Waite) who has been a fantastic partner.

"I'd like to thank all of the people at home who have been supporting me right the way through."

Jimmy Tarbuck

Strictly 2006 favorite Jimmy was 66-years-old when he took part in the programme.

He was partnered with Flavia Cacace in the 4th series, but had to pull out after health complications.

A BBC statement at the time explained: "Following a doctor's assessment this week, Jimmy, the doctors and the BBC have come to the decision that for the good of Jimmy's health he should no longer take part."

The comedian was gutted about it and said: "I'm absolutely devastated that I can no longer take part."

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