Oti Mabuse posing on the red carpet
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Strictly star Oti Mabuse dealt ‘gut-wrenching’ news after quitting BBC dance show

Viewers think she's the best thing about Romeo & Duet

Former Strictly pro Oti Mabuse has reportedly been dealt bad news just months quitting the BBC dance show.

The beloved dancer stepped down from her role as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing after the last series.

Oti’s new ITV dating series Romeo & Duet launched earlier this year, however, according to reports, the show sadly failed to find an audience and didn’t connect with fans.

The final episode of the series is due to hit screens this weekend. And, in a major blow for Oti, it looks set to be the show’s last.

Oti Mabuse on Romeo & Duet
Oti Mabuse won’t be returning to ITV with Romeo & Duet (Credit: ITV)

Bad news for Strictly star Oti as Romeo & Duet ‘axed’

A TV insider told The Sun: “This will be gut-wrenching for Oti as it was her first solo presenting gig since quitting Strictly to pursue new opportunities.

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“Expectations were high for the programme as she is immensely popular with the public and Romeo & Duet was given a prime-time slot.

“Rubbing salt in the wound is the fact that the series hasn’t even finished — the final episode airs this Saturday.”

Rubbing salt in the wound is the fact that the series hasn’t even finished.

However, the current official stance from ITV is that “no decision has been made” regarding the future of Oti’s dating series.

Oti Mabuse on the red carpet
Oti Mabuse will return later this year for The Masked Dancer (Credit: ITV)

‘This show is terrible’

Romeo & Duet hasn’t gone down well with viewers, with many claiming Oti is the only good thing about the show.

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“I’m sorry but what a crock, please don’t waste any more money on a second series, it’s really not worth it,” ranted one fan on Twitter.

“This show is just terrible. Not for a Saturday nights,” said a second.

A third said: “When @ITV won’t #SaveNeighbours but will commission this [bleep] #RomeoAndDuet”. 

But it’s not all bad news for Oti

Meanwhile, it’s not all bad news for Oti.

She will return to screens later this year on the panel of The Masked Dancer.

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