We still can’t get over the news that Darcey Bussell won’t be returning to Strictly Come Dancing this year.
The 49-year-old, who worked on the BBC show for seven years, announced she would be stepping down last week with a statement insisting there had been “no upset or disagreement”.
And it looks like fans aren’t the only ones surprised, as Darcey’s former co-stars Oti Mabuse, Giovanni Pernice and Dianne Buswell have now opened up about her sudden departure.
Speaking to Zoe Ball on her Radio 2 Breakfast Show, Oti even revealed that the cast weren’t told in person, but had all be sent an email.
She said, “I was in Germany and got an email, she will be missed.”
Zoe then went on to add that she was “so shocked” by the professional Ballet dancer’s decision.
Fellow Strictly favourite Anton du Beke also revealed over the weekend that he was unaware Darcey had plans to leave.
When asked if he knew by Graham Norton on his Radio 2 show, the dancer admitted, “No, not at all. I didn’t know that Pasha was going to leave, that was a bolt out the blue as well. He never mentioned anything last year.
“Apparently, he never mentioned anything to Ashley [Roberts], his partner, either. And Darcey, exactly the same. Absolutely out of the blue.”
This comes after Darcey – who sat alongside fellow judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli – said she has “enjoyed every minute” of the BBC show.
“It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly for the past seven years, working with such a talented team,” she said.
“I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire backstage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.”
The star then went on to reveal she’s now ‘focussing on other commitments in dance’, before adding, “I hope that I may be very lucky to be asked back again one day.”
Now we just need to know who’ll be replacing her!