Why has Robert Webb left Strictly Come Dancing?

COMEDIAN Robert Webb has been forced to leave Strictly Come Dancing, despite making it through to week four.

The stand-up comic had no trouble quickstepping into the next round on Saturday night – but his time has been cut short.

PARobert Webb lasted three weeks – but has been forced to cut his Strictly Come Dancing journey short[/caption]

Why has Robert Webb left Strictly Come Dancing?

The 49-year-old – best known for being one half of Mitchell and Webb – entertained fans with a quickstep dressed up as Kermit the Frog with his dance partner and Miss Piggy for the night, Diane Buswell.

But Webb was forced to leave Strictly Come Dancing on Wednesday, October 13 due to “ill health”.

In a statement, the comedian revealed that his health had taken a turn for the worse, as he continues to recover from a major operation in 2019.

He said: “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.”

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Who will replace Robert Webb in Strictly?

It has been revealed that there will still be another elimination this week on the BBC1 show – despite the possibility of bringing back a former contestant.

Katie McGlynn was kicked out on Sunday, much to anger of fans, after the judges chose to save Judi Love.

However, it remains unknown as to what will happen further down the line on the show.

What did Robert Webb say about his time on Strictly Come Dancing?

For now, Strictly fans are saddened to lose a favourite.

The comedian paid homage to his dance partner in his leaving statement, praising her “kindness” during their time together on the show.

Webb 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.

“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.”