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Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Rylan Clark-Neal hits back at backlash over Strictly: It Takes Two debut

He presented alongside Zoe Ball

Rylan Clark-Neal made his Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two debut last night alongside Zoe Ball.

However, the presenter was forced to hit back at trolls who questioned why he had joined the spin-off show.

While many expressed their delight to have Rylan on the show, others took to Twitter to ask why Zoe needed a co-host.

Rylan made his debut last night (Credit: BBC)

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One person wrote: "I still don't understand why It Takes Two needs two presenters. I love Rylan but does the show need the two presenters?"

Another said: "I personally think Strictly: It Takes Two was awesome when it was just @ZoeTheBall, she is awesome and funny and loved watching it!

"Not sure what Rylan adds! I will not watch on his days! Don't find him funny or entertaining to watch."

A third tweeted: "It takes two ruined with unnecessary addition of @Rylan. Certainly won't be watching when he's hosting alone."

Just to clear something up, Zoe does NOT need a co host.

Rylan then hit back at the criticism on his Twitter.

He said: "Just to clear something up. Zoe does NOT need a co host. We are splitting duties as she has her breakfast show.

"Here for everyone’s opinion. Thanks for the nicer comments."

Many praised Rylan, with one writing: "Screw 'em, @Rylan. You're in a job that you love and are making more money then them. Let the haters live their miserable life, while you keep smashing it. (sic)"

Another said: "You both were brilliant. Loved the combination of you and realise Zoe can’t do everything but you are a fabulous addition to the #Strictly family."

Before his debut on the show, Rylan admitted he was planning to "just sit there and look at" 48-year-old star, Zoe.

He told Bella magazine: "Literally, it will be the easiest job I’ll ever do. I can just sit there and look at Zoe. She’s a pro.

"We haven’t spent a lot of time together but I think she’s brilliant. I took over her show on Radio 2 when she moved to breakfast, so it feels really right that this has happened as well. It’s crazy how the world works."

Rylan admitted he was planning to "just sit there and look at" Zoe (Credit: BBC)

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Zoe added: "We’ve not done anything together yet, so I don’t know how it’ll play out. When you get a new telly husband or wife, you have to get used to their patterns, when to interject.

Rylan will present the show on Monday and Tuesdays, and co-host with Zoe on Fridays.

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