Charles Venn and Karen Clifton broke down in tears on TV following their Strictly Come Dancing elimination.
The 45-year-old actor and 36-year-old pro dancer were the 10th couple to be eliminated from the Latin and ballroom show – after losing to Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev on Sunday.
And they got emotional about their exit during an appearance on last night’s episode of spin-off show It Takes Two.
Former EastEnders star Charles said: “It’s obviously sad and a bit of disappointment, but there’s a sense of pride. It’s a weird bittersweet feeling.
“I can take my son to school in the morning and do things I haven’t done for the last 14 weeks, but at the same time I don’t get to spend time with this wonderful woman, this woman teacher.”
Karen said: “No we’re not leaving! We’re not leaving!”
Following the pair’s Strictly exit, Karen took to Instagram to pay tribute to ex-Dream Team star Charles, and thanked him for being “hardworking” and “humble” during their time on the show.
She wrote: “I am thoroughly grateful for the experience I had this series on @bbcstrictly with you @ChuckyVenn .
“Thank you for being the most hardworking , humble human being and just an absolute… (sic)”
Charles’ exit will also have come as a disappointment to his former EastEnders co-star Shane Richie, who had vowed to put a £50 bet on his pal to win the Glitterball Trophy.
He wrote on Twitter: “Hey @ChuckyVenn I’m Off to the bookies dude putting a bullseye down for you to win passé doble. Your hips don’t lie ,I’ve seen you shake ya booty in the Vic ! Big manhug to ya bro’ (sic).”
At the weekend, the judges decided to save Ashley over Charles.
Asked about his time on the show, Casualty actor Charles said: “Well, I have to say first before I go into highlights; I have to thank my family for all of their support because obviously without them I don’t know if I would have got through half of this.
“Before I go through dances or memories I have to pay extreme homage to this woman here because Karen Clifton turned me into a promising dancer. A promising dancer honestly!
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“This woman has been by my side and supported me, she’s been strict, she’s been solid, she’s been caring and loving, sensitive, intuitive, and I’m adamant that without her I don’t know how I would have got to this level.”
He added: “I’m so thankful. Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you Strictly Come Dancing. Thank you to the voters. Thank you judges because you guys saved our butts a couple of times so thank you, thank you.”
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