‘It’s horrible every week’ Greg Wise says Robert Webb is ‘heroic’ for leaving Strictly | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Peep Show star Robert Webb left Strictly Come Dancing on doctor’s orders this week after he fell ill two years after having open heart surgery. The 49-year-old actor departed from the show after three weeks on the dance floor with professional dancer Dianne Buswell.
Discussing his exit, Greg Wise, 55, said the past contestant was “heroic” for leaving.
He said: “I said to Robert that he was doubly heroic because he took this on heroically and then said, ‘I have to stop now,’ heroically.
“It took a lot of courage for him to be able to say, ‘You know what, my body is just now calling time on all of this’.”
On Wednesday, the actor said in a statement: “I’m extremely sorry to have to announce that I’m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health.
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“Two years ago I had open heart surgery and although I believed I was fit enough to take on Strictly and it’s demanding schedule, it became clear that I had bitten off way more than I could chew for this stage in my recovery.”
Robert added: “I had begun to feel symptoms that led me to seek an urgent consultation with my heart specialist, and it was her view that it would be better for the sake of my health to step back from the show.”
The show wasn’t just one couple down this weekend.
Oti Mabuse’s dance partner Ugo Monye was forced to pull out of week four due to back problems.
Despite his best efforts, the dancing duo were at the bottom of the leaderboard with 19 points out of 40.
Host Tess Daly branded Craig Revel Horwood “rude” after he likened his performance to walking after a hip operation.
Head judge Shirley Ballas also told him he didn’t pick up the routine after several mistakes.
Express.co.uk will update this article after the next couple to leave the competition is revealed this evening.