Russell Grant to quit Strictly?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 November 2011
Russell Grant

Russell Grant

Astrologer Russell Grant could be forced to quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' because of his knee injury - whether he has an operation on it or not

Russell Grant could be forced to quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' because of his knee injury.

The astrologer - who has become the fans' favourite on the BBC One show - has been told by doctors he should undergo keyhole surgery to repair the tear in his knee lining.

However, if he does, it could see him out of action for a month and show rules state that celebrities are only allowed one week out of the contest if they are ill or injured, meaning he would have to leave the competition altogether.

But if Russell, 60, continues to dance without the operation, his problem with his knee could invalidate the show's insurance and he would have to leave anyway.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Russell is really in two minds about what to do. He spent a whole day yesterday without any problems at all. His knee seems to be getting better thanks to the care and attention of the physios he has been seeing and the anti-inflammatory medication he's taking.

"Russell is a huge reason why 'Strictly' is doing so well in the ratings at the moment."

Meanwhile, Audley Harrison's wife reportedly had a huge row with his dance partner Natalie Lowe.

The boxer was in the bottom two this week and his spouse Raychel - who had flown from the couple's home in Los Angeles - blamed the Australian beauty for his jive getting such low marks.

A source said: "Raychel was furious that she had come all this way to watch Audley and he was in the bottom two. She blamed Natalie's choreography and had a stand-up row. Those who saw it were amazed. Natalie was pretty gobsmacked by it all."

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