Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Will Young 'to lose £20,000 fee' after quitting show

Will Young Strictly Come Dancing

Will Young is set to lose £20,000 after quitting Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

It was confirmed that Will had quit Strictly Come Dancing yesterday evening, citing personal reasons.

"Due to personal reasons, Will Young has decided to withdraw from Strictly Come Dancing," said a spokesperson for the show. "The show fully respects his decision and wishes him all the best for the future."

Will Young & Karen Clifton
Will Young & Karen Clifton

Now The Sun newspaper reports that after resigning from the show via email, Will will see his £25,000 fee cut to just £5,000.

The tabloid also claims that Will's former pro partner Karen Clifton has been left "livid" following the shock departure.

Posting online last night, Karen admitted she was "so sad" following Will's exit.

"I'm so sad that Will has decided to quit the show and I know it wasn't an easy decision for him," she Tweeted yesterday.

Karen added: "It was great dancing with him, he was such fun to work with and I wish him all the very best for the future."

So why did Will quit Strictly Come Dancing?

Earlier today, the Daily Mirror claimed that Will decided to bow out of the competition as he battled with anxiety.

A source told the tabloid: "Will was suffering from anxiety all of last week and he told friends he wasn't feeling up to the show, he felt he was under intense scrutiny and wasn't taking it well."

They added: "Will is a deeply private person and has been out of the spotlight for a long time and he doesn't enjoy being the centre of attention. It all got too much."

Will this morning spoke out regarding all the press stories around his exit, insisting he was "dandy".

He told BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans: "Here's the thing. I'm absolutely dandy, thanks. It's all very undramatic, really.

Will Young, Karen Clifton
Will Young, Karen Clifton

"I've done my statement and others can say what they want to say. I never read what they say anyway."

The BBC have confirmed that Will will NOT be replaced and the show will continue as normal with an elimination every weekend.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 is back this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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