Strictly: David Mitchell recalls Robert Webb’s heart surgery
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Robert Webb, 49, has revealed he’s withdrawn from Strictly Come Dancing 2021 due to “ill health”. He was partnered with Diane Buswell on the series who has now wished her partner a speedy recovery.
On It Takes Two earlier today, Janette Manrara shared how Robert had stepped down from the competition.
In a statement, Robert said his exit was down to “ill health” following his open heart surgery.
He said: “I’m extremely sorry to have to announce that I’m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health.
“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.”
Now Dianne has broken her silence on his exit as she posted an emotional farewell on Instagram.
She wrote: “Sadly the legacy of Buswell and Webb has come to an end.
“Even though this was short lived, I have had such an amazing time dancing and working along side Robert from our wacky cha cha to that serious tango, Robert showed he could do it all. (sic)
“Although I know we had more up our sleeves Robert’s health is by far the most important part in all of this and I’m wishing him a speedy recovery.
“Thank you to every body who supported us this series it means the absolute world.” (sic)
The professional dancer added: “You will still see flashes of my red hair in the background as I’ll be there cheering on all the amazing couples.”
Robert also shared a message to Dianne as he released a statement amid his exit.
He said: “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.”
Peep Show star Robert underwent emergency heart surgery in 2020 after a routine medical exam showed he had a heart murmur.
The actor made a full recovery from the procedure and said it was one of his motivations for taking part in Strictly.
Many of the other professional dancers have also shared their sadness at his exit from the show.
Amy Dowden posted on Instagram that she was “gutted”.
She wrote: “Absolutely gutted for you my lovely @diannebuswell. Congratulations on three amazing and entertainment numbers!
“Going to miss you guys. Sending you all my love and the biggest hug!!!”
While Gorka Marquez wrote below Dianne’s Instagram: “We are gonna miss you on the Dance floor! All the love sis”
Fellow pro Nancy Xu added: “Baby girl you have been an absolutely a star.”
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