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Why Rylan quit Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two after four years

Rylan has stepped down as host of Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two.

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Rylan began co-hosting the show in 2019, first alongside Zoe Ball and most recently Janette Manrara.

Taking to social media earlier this year, Rylan announced to his fans that he would not be a part of the presenting team for 2023’s series.

Janette Manrara, Rylan - (C) BBC - Photographer: Ray Burmiston
Janette Manrara, Rylan – (C) BBC – Photographer: Ray Burmiston

He said: “After 4 fantastic years it’s time for me to hang up my glittery jacket and say goodbye to It Takes Two I’ve had the best time hosting the show alongside Janette and Zoe and I can’t thank the amazing team enough for always putting on a great show.

“I’ve been welcomed into the strictly family and will firmly hold that title dear to me. The time has come for me to pass on the baton to someone else and explore what else life has for me.

“Thank you Strictly, you will always have my heart… and dancing feet.”

Eve Winstanley Executive Producer Strictly It Takes Two said: “It has been so much fun working with Rylan. Myself and the It Takes Two team will miss his boundless energy and love for entertaining viewers.

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“We’d like to thank him for being a huge sparkling part of the Strictly family for the last 4 years.”

It was announced in June that Fleur East would takeover from Rylan, joining Janette on the show.

Fleur said: “I’m so excited to be part of the Strictly family once again and work with Janette on such an amazing show. I loved my experience on the show last year and so it’s a dream to now be presenting it.

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“I can’t wait to get to work on showing everyone the behind-the-scenes world of Strictly, along with meeting all our amazing celebs and pros!”

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing will come to BBC One in the autumn with It Takes Two airing week nights during the series on BBC Two.

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