Claudia Winkleman quits Strictly – It Takes Two

Popular host to leave hit Strictly Come Dancing spin-off

Claudia Winkleman will not front this year’s Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two. The presenter is expecting her third child with husband Kris Thykier in August, shortly before the programme is due to return.

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“No more It Takes Two, I can’t believe it,” she said. “I will miss it so much. Everyone who watches knows how much I love the show. This year I’m dipping out, but can’t wait to watch it from the sofa.” She will, however, continue to co-host the Strictly Come Dancing results show with Tess Daly.

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Rumoured replacements for Claudia include previous Strictly contestants Kate Garraway and Natasha Kaplinsky. News presenter Sian Williams is also tipped as a contender since she will not be staying with BBC Breakfast when production moves to Manchester.