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Zoe Ball quits Strictly It Takes Two after 10 years

Zoe Ball quits Strictly It Takes Two after 10 years
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Zoe Ball announces her departure from the Strictly Come Dancing companion show It Takes Two after 10 years.

Zoe Ball has confirmed that she is stepping down as host of Strictly Come Dancing spinoff show It Takes Two.

The programme airs weekday evenings on BBC Two when the main show is on air and features interviews with the contestants, dancers and celebrities, as well as previews of upcoming routines.

Ball, 50, has hosted the show since 2011, having taken over from Claudia Winkleman after she stepped up to host the main show alongside Tess Daly.

Since 2019 Ball has shared hosting duties with Rylan Clark-Neal as she juggled It Takes Two with her Radio 2 breakfast show, but now she has decided to step away completely.

"Dance lovers, after 10 joyous years I am waltzing away from It Takes Two," she wrote on Instagram. "As a massive @bbcstrictly fan I have loved spending my Autumn teatimes with the celebrity dancers, the gorgeous & awesome pro dancers, the judges, my girl Vicky Gill, Rylan, Gethin & of course my main man Ian Waite. Time now for some new cha cha challenges.

"I will continue to support the Strictly family on the Breakfast Show & can't wait to watch the Class Of 2021 from my sofa.

"Huge love & grateful thanks to Tess & Claude & the whole Strictly clan, the ITT fans, my Glam Squad, Eve Winstanley, Alex McLeod, the BBC2 gang, & of course the best telly crew ever. I will miss you all immensely. As Iveta would say 'Friends for the life' xx."

Confirming the news today, a BBC spokesman said: "We'd like to thank Zoe for an amazing decade on It Takes Two, and she'll always be part of the Strictly family.

"We will miss her sense of fun, passion for all things dance, and those amazing sequinned jumpers. We'll announce plans for the show in due course."

Strictly is due to return for its new series in September.

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