Long-time Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Darcey Bussell has revealed that she is leaving the BBC show, ahead of its 17th season this autumn.
The 49-year-old former ballet dancer has been a part of the judging panel since 2012, after replacing Alesha Dixon.
But now, Darcey will be leaving the show behind, as shes announced her intentions to focus on other projects.
In an official statement released on her social media, Darcey explained her decision to leave.
She said, It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly for the past seven years, working with such a talented team. I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.
I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I cant imagine having gone any better.
I know I will miss being part of this unique show, and the fact that it celebrates dance is something I am so passionate about. I hope that I may be very lucky to be asked back again one day. Darcey x
The Strictly judges fans were gutted to hear about her decision to leave, sharing their upset on social media.
One wrote, I will genuinely miss your views on the dances , your kindness towards the celebrities and your utter loveliness.
While another viewer said, OMG! DARCEY! I am going to miss you SOOOOOO much on @bbcstrictly.
And a third wrote, Oh no Darcey. Im gutted. I loved you on SCD! Youll be sorely missed.Read More – Source