Strictly Come Dancing bosses were taken aback by Darcey Bussell’s exit from the show (Picture:n Getty Images)Strictly Come Dancing bosses completely taken off-guard by Darcey Bussell’s exit according to Anton du Beke, who’s keen to replace her.
Darcey announced earlier this month that she’d quit the show after seven series, leaving behind head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel-Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.
‘I think they [bosses] were caught a bit by surprise by Darcey, it wasn’t like the end of the series when she said she was leaving,’ Anton said.
Continuing to MailOnline, he said: ‘I haven’t spoken to her about it, and it’s caught everybody a bit on the hop, but they’ve got the whole summer to organise it, they’ll go through a process which they have to do’
Anton du Beke says Darcey’s exit ‘caught everybody a bit on the hop’ (Picture: Rex Features)Reflecting on Darcey’s legacy, Anton added: ‘She’s wonderful on the show and I know when she joined it was a great coup and I think everybody was delighted about it, having someone of her gravitas just added to the show.
‘It just added to the quality.’
There’s no word yet on who will be taking over Darcey’s role on the show, however lots of names have been floating around.
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Insiders have revealed to The Sun that producers are considering making Carlos Acosta a £400,000 offer to replace the ballerina, saying: ‘Carlos is a huge name in the dance world and has been on Strictly’s radar for a long time.’
Strictly winner and former Olympic gymnast Louis Smith has thrown his name into the ring to and would ‘definitely consider it’ if bosses came knocking on his door.
Oti Mabuse, on the other hand, has ruled out filling the position because she doesn’t want to leave the professionals.
Strictly Come Dancing is set to return to the BBC later this year.
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