Bruno Tonioli has spoken out after quitting Strictly Come Dancing.
It was confirmed this week that Bruno would not return to Strictly this year having missed the most recent two series due to the pandemic.
Bruno had been a judge on the BBC One series since its debut back in 2004.
Anton Du Beke, who stepped in for Bruno last year, will take up a permanent role on the judges desk alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Head Judge Shirley Ballas
Bruno will continue to appear on the US show, Dancing With The Stars.
Speaking about his departure, Bruno insisted it was “his decision” and declared he was “done” with travelling between the UK and America.
He told The Sun newspaper: “I just can’t do it anymore”
“Going back and forth was too much.”
Speaking about his replacement on the panel, Bruno enthused: “Anton is brilliant. He will be brilliant.”
He added: “Anton has done a fantastic job. He deserves to be on that seat.”
Strictly Come Dancing will return this autumn for what will be its 20th series.
Speaking about returning, the show’s now last remaining original judge Craig Revel Horwood said: “I am beyond thrilled to be returning to Strictly, I can’t believe it will be my 20th series! It’s going to be Fab-u-lous!”
Anton Du Beke said: “Woohooo! This is BRILLIANT news. Everyone knows how much I absolutely love the show and I’m utterly delighted to be continuing as a regular judge.
“And I get to make the final again – now I know how Giovanni feels!”
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will return to present the series with a start date to be announced.