Claudia Winkleman quits Strictly spin-off

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 May 2011
Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman has quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' spin-off 'It Takes Two' to concentrate on her third pregnancy

Claudia Winkleman has quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' spin-off 'It Takes Two'.

The 39-year-old presenter - who is expecting her third child with film producer husband Kris Thykier this August - is bowing out of the series "to watch from the sofa" as her due date nears.

However, she will still be co-hosting the celebrity dancing series' main weekly results show alongside Tess Daly on BBC One.

Claudia said: " No more 'It Takes Two', I can't believe it. I will miss it so much. Everyone who watches 'Strictly' knows how much I love the show and enjoy presenting 'It Takes Two'.

"This year I'm dipping out, but can't wait to watch it from the sofa."

Presenters believed to be in the running to take over from Claudia when the BBC Two show returns to screens this September include 'Daybreak' host Kate Garraway, news anchor - and former 'Strictly Come Dancing' champion - Natasha Kaplinsky and BBC Breakfast's Sian Williams.

Claudia was recently rumoured to be lined up to become the Friday face of Channel 4 and after filming a pilot of 'King Of... With Claudia Winkleman', with TV bosses are keen to turn the show into a regular series.

An insider revealed: "Claudia's really hot right now and Channel 4 and BBC One are fighting over her. They're both very keen to find her a show and there's a bit of a tug-of-love going on."

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