The Voice UK: BBC release statement after Beth Morris' exit over 'drug issues'

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The BBC has released a statement following Beth's exit from The Voice UK 2016 at the weekend.

It was announced on Saturday evening just before the first live show that Beth had left the competition.

"Due to personal reasons which have only just come to light, The Voice producers, the BBC and Beth have agreed that she should withdraw from The Voice," a spokesperson for The Voice said at the time.

Beth added: "Being on The Voice has been the best experience of my life, the production team and contestants have all been incredible and I have loved performing on the show. Paloma has also been a great support."

It has since been reported that Beth's exit was due to drug issues, with accusations that she allegedly took drugs during the 'rehearsal period', but this was not on BBC premises.

A spokesman for the BBC has now issued the following the statement: "We have followed strict procedures whilst ensuring the utmost duty of care to Beth.

"Following legal advice neither the BBC nor the production company have reported this incident to the police."

They continued: "Producers were not made aware of Beth’s issues when she joined The Voice.

"When they came to light this week we agreed with her that the best course of action would be to withdraw from the competition.

"We are offering her all the support she needs and wish her well with her recovery and her future career.”

Beth wasn't the only act to leave before the live show with Chloe Castro also bowing out for unrelated health reasons.

As a result only the two acts were eliminated via the public as Harry Fisher and Lauren Lapsley-Brown were voted out of the competition in Saturday evening's results.

The Voice UK continues this Saturday evening with the live semi-finals.

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