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Strictly disappointment as star forced to miss ANOTHER show

They made the announcement on Twitter ahead of Blackpool weekend

Zoe Ball has pulled out of Strictly: It Takes Two once again as she continues to recover from an illness.

The television presenter, 46, was noticeably absent from Wednesday night’s Strictly Come Dancing spinoff show, with Gethin Jones stepping in to replace her.

And it appears fans will have to wait a little longer to see Zoe back on screen as she will miss Thursday’s episode as well.

Poor Zoe is sick (Credit: BBC)

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Zoe tweeted on Thursday morning: “Thanks for the get well messages tweeps & thanks Gethin for being ace stunt double… I’m back tomo (sic).”

Fans were quick to send Zoe their well-wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery.

One wrote: “Take care Zoe and get well soon, it’s not the same without you.”

Another told her: “Missed you tonight just not the same without your unique sparkle. Look after yourself working 6 days a week is tough. Feet up and rest.”

Zoe was replaced by Gorka on Wednesday night (Credit: BBC)

A third wrote: “You were missed. Makes you realise how you make something difficult look easy.”

And a fourth added: “Get well soon Zoe no one can match your fun wit, look forward to seeing you Friday!!!”

A spokesman for Zoe said: “Zoe unfortunately has come down with a nasty stomach bug. She is at home resting and hoping to feel better for Blackpool weekend. She is thankful to Gethin for stepping in last minute.”

Gethin opened Wednesday’s show by sending well-wishes to poorly Zoe (Credit: BBC)

Gethin opened Wednesday’s show by telling viewers: “Now, you may have noticed I’m not Zoe Ball. Sadly Zoe is at home sick tonight but we are sending our love.

“Get well soon Zoe – I know she’s watching!”

Gethin has been a roaming reporter on the show since last year and took part in the 2016 Christmas special of Strictly with pro dancer Chloe Hewitt.

Gethin’s presenting was praised by fans (Credit: BBC)

While fans were eager to see Zoe back soon, they also lavished praise on Gethin’s presenting.

One tweeted: “Props where it’s due; Gethin is doing an amazing job on Strictly this evening. Very nicely done, Gethin.”

Another joked: “I think Zoe should take as much time off as she needs to make sure she’s well #gethin”

Fans loved Gethin! (Credit: Twitter)

Meanwhile, Zoe isn’t the only Strictly favourite suffering this week.

Contestant Debbie McGee has pulled a muscle in her back ahead of Blackpool, which has left her in agony.

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The 59-year-old has been strapping hot water bottles to her back in a bid to recover in time for Saturday night’s live show, where she’ll perform the samba with partner Giovanni Pernice.

Get well soon, EVERYONE!