Zoe Ball quits Strictly It Takes Two after 10 years hosting BBC dancing show

Zoe Ball has quit Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two after 10 years.

The presenter, 50, joined the programme in 2011 after taking over from Claudia Winkleman, who stepped up to host the main show with Tess Daly.

But Zoe, who performed as a contestant in the third series of the show with pro dancer Ian Waite, has announced that she is “waltzing away” from hosting the spin-off.

This comes after Rylan Clark-Neal joined the It Takes Two hosting line-up last year.

Taking to Instagram this evening, Zoe shared photos of herself with pro dancers and celebs over the years and wrote: “Dance lovers, after 10 joyous years I am waltzing away from It Takes Two.



Zoe Ball has quit Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two
Zoe Ball has quit Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two

“As a massive @bbcstrictly fan I have loved spending my Autumn teatimes with the celebrity dancers, the gorgeous & awesome pro dancers, the judges, my girl Vicky Gill, Rylan, Gethin & of course my main man Ian Waite. Time now for some new cha cha challenges.

“I will continue to support the Strictly family on the Breakfast Show & can’t wait to watch the Class Of 2021 from my sofa.



Zoe was joined by Rylan last year on the programme
Zoe was joined by Rylan last year on the programme

“Huge love & grateful thanks to Tess & Claude & the whole Strictly clan, the ITT fans, my Glam Squad, Eve Winstanley, Alex McLeod, the BBC2 gang, & of course the best telly crew ever. I will miss you all immensely. As Iveta would say “Friends for the life“ xx.”

Her friends and co-stars from the show flocked to comment, with former pro Kevin Clifton writing: “It Takes Two was always my favourite bit. I loved chatting and bein silly with u on the sofa. Thank you for being so kind , generous and supportive with all of us. You’re the best.”



Zoe has appeared on the spin-off since 2011
Zoe has appeared on the spin-off since 2011

While Oti Mabuse remarked: “@zoetheball we are going to miss you so much! You’ve always been a deep part of the family looking forward to hearing you on the radio.”

“Oh @zoetheball!! I looked forward to our chats on that couch more then any other part of the week!” pro Janette Manrara exclaimed. “You really are a diamond of a human being and deserve all of the wonderful things that are coming your way! Although you’ll be missed, it’s not “goodbye”, it’s more of a “see ya around”! Love you!”

*Strictly and It Takes Two returns in September on BBC One and Two

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