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Rhys Stephenson addresses return to Strictly Come Dancing final after AJ Odudu’s exit

BBC viewers have been left devastated by the news of AJ's exit

Strictly Come Dancing star Rhys Stephenson has ruled out filling in for AJ Odudu in tonight’s final.

AJ has sadly been forced to pull out of the show due to a torn ankle ligament that made her appearance impossible.

As a result, rumours emerged that Rhys could be replacing AJ in the final.

However, the TV presenter quickly took to Instagram to hit back at the claims.

In a message to fans, he said he “values his mental health” too much to try and prepare for the Strictly final with two days notice.

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Rhys Stephenson has struck down claims he will fill in for AJ Odudu on Strictly Come Dancing (Credit:

Strictly Come Dancing: Rhys Stephenson addresses rumours

Speaking on Instagram yesterday, Rhys said: “I’ve had a lot of messages from people asking if I’m going to be in the final now as AJ has hurt herself. Let me tell you now… absolutely not!

Read more: Giovanni and Rose send emotional messages to AJ and Kai following Strictly exit

“I value my mental health too much. I’m going to go there and enjoy myself and have a good time. That ship has sailed. It would be lovely, but not with two days to go.”

Meanwhile, AJ shared the news of her injury on social media on Friday.

Fans have been left devastated by the news, with many sharing their shock on social media.

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AJ Odudu has been forced to back out of the Strictly Come Dancing final (Credit:

In a heartbreaking post, the Strictly star she said that she will “treasure” her time on the show “forever”.

She said: “I’m deeply upset that I am unable to perform in the final due to a torn ligament in my right ankle. Learning to dance over the last 13 weeks has been an incredible honour and to do it alongside someone as special, patient and devoted as Kai [Widdrington] is something I’ll treasure forever.

“Thank you to the Strictly family for the experience, the medical team for trying to get me back on my feet and mostly, to everyone at home for watching and supporting. You’ve made this experience one to remember.

“Strictly Come Dancing has been a lifelong dream and I’m glad it came true. Good luck to my partners in dance, John [Whaite] and Johannes [Radebe] and Rose [Ayling-Ellis] and Giovanni [Pernice]. I will be cheering you on (on one leg!).”

The Strictly Come Dancing final airs on BBC One, tonight, from 7:10pm.

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