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Chris Evans ‘pulls out of Strictly Come Dancing for second time’

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Chris Evans has reportedly waltzed out of Strictly Come Dancing just two months before it starts, despite telling fans he was definitely taking part.

The Virgin Radio host has stepped down with a source telling the Sunday Mirror: “Chris had been thinking and talking about doing Strictly but in the end, it won’t happen in 2019.”

His decision has plunged the show into chaos as it scrambles to find a replacement with eight weeks notice.

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Chris Evans told his Virgin Radio listeners in April he was going on Strictly (Pic: Virgin Radio/YouTube)

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The broadcaster told BBC One Show viewers last December he had said ‘Yes’.

Then in April, on his radio show, he told Strictly pro dancer Kevin Clifton, 36, he had received his contract, but added: “I’ve got to go for a medical because I’ve got a dodgy left knee so I can run on it.

“I can go straight but I have an issue with my knee so that could be a problem.”

He had also met with the show’s commissioning editor Jo Wallace face to face, telling listeners: “We had a cup of tea and she said, ‘Are you up for it?’ It’s not as easy as maybe you imagine.’ But I know it isn’t.”

Chris Evans and his pregnant wife Natasha leaving BBC Radio Two Studios with their sons Noah and Eli after they confirmed they were expecting twins - London
Chris’s wife Natasha is said to be a huge fan of the show (Credit: SplashNews.com)

It’s not the first time Chris has quit the series.

In 2015 the father-of-twins was due to take part but ditched it to be the new host of Top Gear – which then flopped.

A TV source told the newspaper: “He was sitting there ready to sign it. It was right in front of him but he got a call offering the Top Gear gig.

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Chris’s decision has left producers scratching their heads (Credit: SplashNews.com)

“He immediately ditched Strictly. BBC bosses were fuming.”

Strictly bosses are currently hunting for a replacement for judge Darcey Bussell with names such as Anton Du Beke and former winner Harry Judd in the frame.

Anton du Beke
Anton du Beke is said to be in the running to replace Darcey Bussell as a judge on the BBC show (Pic: BBC)

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Other celebs set to hit the dancefloor include Huw Edwards, 57, from BBC News who is said to be toying with an offer, Corrie’s Catherine Tyldesley, and BBC Radio 1’s Dev Griffin.

Chris Evans’ agent declined to comment.

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