Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Ian Waite, 50, has taken to Instagram to share his “great sadness” over leaving the BBC show’s spin-off, It Takes Two, just hours after his co-star Zoe Ball, 50, announced her exit. The dancer, who reached the final of Strictly alongside Zoe in its third series, appeared with Zoe on the programme as they hosted dance segments together discussing training videos from the contestants.
Sharing his decision to quit, Ian wrote in view of his 49,000 followers this evening: “Wow! What a incredible journey.
“It is with great sadness but also a lot of pride that after ten years presenting Waites Warm Up on #ItTakesTwo the sister show to @bbcstrictly I will be putting away my wand to focus on my dance fitness brand Fitsteps and also my up and coming tour with Vincent Simone The Ballroom Boys.
“I want to thank all the amazing crew, make up artists, directors, producers, who made it so enjoyable to come in to work.
“I feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with Strictly since the first year in 2004 and I will continue to support all my supremely talented fellow pro dancers, judges, celebs and look forward to their performances in 2021.
“This journey would not have been possible without the one and only Zoe Ball who has been the most loyal, loving, caring friend one could wish to have.
“I will miss you the most but know that we will still see each other a lot in the future. Lastly thank you to all our wonderful ITT fans you are the best!”
Zoe was one of the first to take to the comments section of Ian’s post to wish him well following his announcement.
She penned to her pal and co-star: “Love you leggy one. See you in a wiggle x.”
A third commented: “ITT Wednesdays won’t be the same without u you were always my favourite from day 1.”
Ian’s post comes just after Zoe shared her own emotional post about leaving her hosting role on It Takes Two.
She penned: “Dance lovers, after 10 joyous years I am waltzing away from It Takes Two.
“As a massive @bbcstrictly fan I have loved spending my Autumn teatimes with the celebrity dancers, the gorgeous & awesome pro dancers, the judges, my girl Vicky Gill, Rylan, Gethin & of course my main man Ian Waite. Time now for some new cha cha challenges.
“I will continue to support the Strictly family on the Breakfast Show & can’t wait to watch the Class Of 2021 from my sofa.
“Huge love & grateful thanks to Tess & Claude & the whole Strictly clan, the ITT fans, my Glam Squad, Eve Winstanley, Alex McLeod, the BBC2 gang, & of course the best telly crew ever.
“I will miss you all immensely. As Iveta would say ‘Friends for the life’ xx.”
Zoe took on Claudia Winkleman’s job on It Takes Two in 2011 when the star began to host the main programme with Tess Daly.