Presenter Zoe Ball has announced that she is leaving Strictly Come Dancing’s It’s Takes Two.
She presented the show, which is broadcast every weekday evening during Strictly’s existence, since 2011.
‘After A Joyous Decade’
“Dance lovers, after 10 joyous years I am waltzing away from It Takes Two,” Ball wrote on Instagram.
Zoe said “it’s time for new challenges” and thanked “the whole Strictly family … I will miss you very much.”
Ball has continued to present the show in partnership after she started hosting the morning show BBC Radio 2.
Does Rylan Clark Take The Lead Now?
However, she has reduced the number of episodes of It Takes Two she presents weekly, with Rylan Clark-Neal taking the show a few days in her absence.
Ball has also announced that dancer Ian Waite, who regularly appears in the program to judge the contestants, will also leave the show after a decade.
In a statement, Ball thanked Waite and other regular programmers Gethin Jones and costume designer Vicky Gill.
The BBC has not yet confirmed whether Rylan will take the lead in launching the show in full, or if it someone new will be brought in.
Zoe’s Farewell Message
“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,” Ball said.
“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 [Daly] & Claudia [Winkleman] & the whole Strictly clan, the It Takes Two fans, my Glam Squad, Eve Winstanley, Alex McLeod, the BBC2 gang, & of course the best telly crew ever. I will miss you all immensely.”
A BBC spokeswoman said: “We would like to thank Zoe for an amazing ten years in It Takes Two, and she will always be part of the Strictly family. We will miss her fun, love of all dance moves, and those amazing jumping consecutive times. . “
Tess Daly, who presents the main Strictly series on BBC One, was one of several high-profile figures who paid tribute to Ball.
“Oh nooo … We’ll miss you so much!” Daly wrote in a comment on Instagram. “You’re loved every minute of watching you on the show; laughing with you and watching you cry all the time because your good heart was pounding for them. You’re just BRILLIANT XXXX.”
Clara Amfo, who competed in the game last year, added: “You do the job with real joy and such ease! Thank you for making It Takes Two the best addition!”
Professional dancer and current Strictly champion Oti Mabuse said: “We are going to miss you so much! You’ve always been a deep part of the family ❤️ looking forward to hearing you on the radio.”