Robert Webb has withdrawn from Strictly Come Dancing.

'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.

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.

Bowing out: Robert Webb has withdrawn from Strictly Come Dancing. His pro partner, Dianne Buswell, will also be leaving the competition

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 know Robert had a lot more to give to the competition but his health of course comes first and I wish him a speedy recovery.

We made a great team, worked hard and had a good laugh along the way.

"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," he said.

Condition: Robert explained he had been feeling poorly for quite a while and went for a check up in March of last year just before lockdown only to discover how serious his condition was (pictured in 2020)

"I feel lucky to have danced with him and to call him a friend."

Sarah James, Strictly Come Dancing executive producer, added : "Although we are so sad that Robert has withdrawn from the show we completely understand and support his decision, health always comes first.

"Despite their Strictly journey coming to an end earlier than anyone would have hoped, Robert and Dianne really made their mark on the competition, with three unforgettable dances choreographed superbly by the brilliant Dianne.

"they have been a wonderful partnership and we'd like to thank them for the commitment, creativity and joy they brought to the show.

He added: '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'

everyone involved in strictly come dancing sends robert their love and best wishes for his continued recovery."

In a statement, the Peep Show actor said : "I'm extremely sorry to have to announce that I ’ m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health.

"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.

Robert said: 'When I first came out of hospital I could not walk to the end of the street without help. I couldn't even lift a kettle for four weeks' (pictured in 2018)

Long may it continue. '

His professional partner Dianne Buswell added : "As a massive fan of Robert's, I was delighted to find out that he was joining the Strictly family.

Stay up to date with our posts

Seamless Daily is an innovative news platform that is updated 24/7 to help you keep up to date with all the current events around the globe.

Our team of professional editors as well as our state-of-the-art artificial intelligence platforms ensure that our curation is accurate, fact-checked, and trustworthy.

Click here to subscribe

Read more

Northern Irish firms hail EU proposals to resolve Brexit protocol row

Domestic holiday boom helped UK economy bounce back in August

Former Labour MP Claudia Webbe found guilty of harassment