Claudia Winkleman reveals emotional reason she nearly quit Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing almost lost one of its main presenters this year.

Claudia Winkleman reveals emotional reason she nearly quit Strictly
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Strictly Come Dancingis officially back! The new series kicked off last weekend as we learned which pro dancer each celeb had been paired with and saw them take to the dance floor for their first group dance. This Saturday will see the first of the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 live shows, fronted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

But Claudia Winkleman has admitted that she considered dropping out of the plum presenting gig this year due to worries that it might clash with a big family event—her oldest son Jake leaving home for the first time to go to university. Claudia said:

I genuinely don't know what I'm going to do. I mean we all have to do it and there aren't any words, he goes September 13th. I phoned the boss of Strictly, quite dramatically and said through tears, 'Sarah, I love you and I never want to leave, but if the first show is September 13th, I'm out'.

Claudia Winkleman’s family

Jake is the oldest of Claudia’s three children that she shares with film producer husband Kris Thykier. Her younger kids are 15-year-old Matilda and 10-year-old Arthur—so Claudia won’t have a totally empty nest just yet. She admitted she understood kids moving out is something that all parents have to go through, but just didn’t ‘know how it’s going to work exactly’.

New Strictly 2021 presenters

Luckily for Claudia—and Strictly producers—the launch show didn’t clash with Jake going off to university, so Tess and Claudia will be back as presenters of the main show. Meanwhile, spin-off show It Takes Two is now set to be presented by Rylan Clark-Neal and pro dancer Janette Manrara after Zoe Ball stepped down following nine years on the show.

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