Zoe Ball will host Strictly this Saturday

Zoe Ball

Zoe Ball

Zoe Ball will co-host 'Strictly Come Dancing' with Tess Daly this weekend while regular presenter Claudia Winkleman takes time off to care for her daughter who has been treated in hospital following an accident at a Halloween party.

Zoe Ball will stand in for Claudia Winkleman on this weekend's 'Strictly Come Dancing' while she cares for her daughter.

'It Takes Two' host Zoe co-hosted the ballroom competition with Tess Daly last weekend when Claudia had to miss the shows on Saturday (01.11.14) and Sunday (02.11.14) to care for her eight-year-old daughter Matilda, who was involved in an accident last Friday (31.10.14) which left her with burns.

A spokesperson for BBC One has now confirmed Claudia will not be at work again this week, saying: "Zoe Ball will co-host 'Strictly Come Dancing' this weekend. All our thoughts and very best wishes are with Claudia and her family at this time."

Matilda had to be rushed to hospital after the fancy dress outfit she was wearing for Halloween came in contact with a pumpkin candle while she was out trick or treating near her family home in West London.

The youngster is expected to remain in hospital for the next few weeks to be treated for her injuries.

A statement issued on behalf of Claudia and her family said: "She is having the best care possible and we are hopeful of a full recovery. We would like to thank everyone that has been so supportive and particularly the NHS doctors, nurses and staff who have been absolutely incredible. We would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone taking part in fireworks parties or Guy Fawkes celebrations to be vigilant about the dangers of candles, open fires and fireworks and to be please have the appropriate safety measures in place and to hand."

The 42-year-old TV star is married to film producer Kris Thykier and as well as Matilda they have two sons, Jake and Arthur.


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