Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman vow they will leave Strictly at the same time

They come as a pair

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have a pact to keep doing Strictly Come Dancing together.

The presenters have fronted the show since 2014 following the departure of the late Sir Bruce Forsyth and have pledged that when one of them decides to leave, the other will follow as they can’t imagine working with someone else.

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They are close friends as well as colleagues (Credit: BBC)

Tess, 49, told The Sun newspaper: “We are confirmed to come back this year. She’s my girl. How could I ever stand there without her? I would miss her terribly.”

Tess said Claudia “makes me so happy” and “just looking into her eyes makes me laugh”.

Claudia, 47, added: “We stay? We go? We do it together.”

While the duo have signed up to front the upcoming 2019 series of the celebrity dance competition, they know they don’t necessarily have jobs for life.

They have a laugh at work (Credit: @claudiawinkle Instagram)

Claudia said: “I don’t know. I mean, they might wake up and go, ‘Let’s give new people a chance’, and I think that’s absolutely fair enough. But while they’re happy for us to turn up and wear sparkly stuff and, in my case, too much eyeliner, then thanks to them.”

Tess – who has daughters Phoebe, 14, and nine-year-old Amber with husband Vernon Kay – feels “proud” that she and Claudia were the first female co-hosts to anchor a big Saturday evening entertainment show.

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Chris Evans has recently revealed he plans to take part in this year’s show, and the hosts are delighted he was so easy to persuade to compete.

During an appearance on The One Show in December, host Alex Jones said: “If rumours are to be believed, Chris Evans, you probably won’t have time to do panto next year.

“Can you deny or confirm that you will be on Strictly?”

Chris could be getting his dancing shoes on (Credit:

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Chris replied: “Well, I have said yes, I have said yes.” He then joked he only wants to take part in the show so his wife, Natasha Shishmanian, can get tickets.

“So you and my wife can go and have a great time and I will be terrified backstage.”

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