BBC Strictly Come Dancing: Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell quit the competition


The BBC have announced that dance couple Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell are leaving this year’s Strictly Come Dancing competition.

Robert Webb said he is pulling out due to “ill-health”, citing heart problems following open-heart surgery he had two years ago.

He said he had “bitten off way more” than he could chew for this stage in his recovery but said it was a “genuine honour” to take part and he praised his dance partner Dianne for her kindness and professionalism.

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Robert and Dianne made it to week three of the competition

The dancing duo reached week three of the competition, which Robert said he was very proud of despite his early exit.

The full statement from Robert Webb on the BBC website said: “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.



Diane Buswell and Robert Webb perform the quickstep as muppets Kermit the frog and Miss Piggy on Strictly Come Dancing

“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’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.



Comedian Robert Webb best known for comedy Peep Show

“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. 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.”

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.


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“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.”

Robert’s professional dance partner Dianne Buswell said she felt Robert had lots more to give in the competition but said his health must come first.

Her full statement reads: “As a massive fan of Robert’s, I was delighted to find out that he was joining the Strictly family. On top of this, to find out he was my partner was the icing on the cake.

“We made a great team, worked hard and had a good laugh along the way. I am so proud of the three amazing dances we produced.

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



Robert Webb will be putting his dance skills to good use on Strictly Come Dancing

Everyone on the production team is said to support Robert’s decision and wishes him the best for his continued recovery.

Strictly Come Dancing will continue this Saturday night at 7pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with 12 couples taking to the Ballroom floor to impress the judges and the voting public.





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