Comic Robert Webb has withdrawn from Strictly Come Dancing resulting from ailing well being, the BBC stated.
The Peep Present star, who had open coronary heart surgical procedure two years in the past, stated he was suggested by a health care provider to stop the present after he had “begun to really feel signs” whereas coaching for the BBC One movie star dancing competitors.
Webb, 49, was partnered with Dianne Buswell within the present.
He stated in an announcement: “I’m extraordinarily sorry to need to announce that I’m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing resulting from ailing well being.
“Two years in the past I had open coronary heart surgical procedure and though I believed I used to be match sufficient to tackle Strictly and its demanding schedule, it grew to become clear that I had bitten off far more than I might chew for this stage in my restoration.
“I had begun to really feel signs that led me to hunt an pressing session with my coronary heart specialist, and it was her view that it might be higher for the sake of my well being to step again from the present.
“I’m happy with the three dances that Dianne Buswell and I managed to carry out and deeply remorse having to let her down like this.
“I couldn’t have wished for a extra proficient associate or extra affected person instructor, and it’s a measure of Dianne’s professionalism and kindness that I used to be capable of get so far as I did.”
He thanked viewers for voting for him and Buswell, including he was “particularly touched by the assist from fellow coronary heart sufferers”.
“I feel maybe I used to be too wanting to impress them. They may know that restoration doesn’t all the time go in a straight line, and I hope they’re not too disillusioned that I bumped into the bounds of my resilience a lot ahead of I’d hoped,” he stated.
“I depart figuring out that Strictly viewers are in very secure palms and I’ll be cheering for my brother and sister contestants all the way in which to Christmas.
“Regardless of this unhappy ending, it has been a real honour to be a part of this large, joyful and barking mad TV present. Lengthy might it proceed.”
Throughout his time on the present Webb accomplished a tango, a cha cha and a quickstep.
Final week he completed tenth on the judges’ film week leaderboard with a rating of 25 for his The Muppets-inspired dance, which he carried out whereas dressed as Kermit The Frog.
Buswell stated: “As a large fan of Robert’s I used to be delighted to seek out out that he was becoming a member of the Strictly household.
“On prime of this, to seek out out he was my associate was the icing on the cake.
“We made an amazing crew, labored onerous and had a superb chuckle alongside the way in which.
“I’m so happy with the three superb dances we produced. I do know Robert had much more to offer to the competitors however his well being after all comes first and I want him a speedy restoration.
“I really feel fortunate to have danced with him and to name him a pal.”
Sarah James, Strictly Come Dancing govt producer, stated: “Though we’re so unhappy that Robert has withdrawn from the present we fully perceive and assist his determination, well being all the time comes first.
“Regardless of their Strictly journey coming to an finish sooner than anybody would have hoped, Robert and Dianne actually made their mark on the competitors, with three unforgettable dances choreographed fantastically by the sensible Dianne.
“They’ve been an exquisite partnership and we’d wish to thank them for the dedication, creativity and pleasure they delivered to the present.
“Everybody concerned in Strictly Come Dancing sends Robert their love and greatest needs for his continued restoration.”