Zoe Ball confirms real reason for Strictly It Takes Two exit: ‘The hardest decision’

Zoe Ball discusses decision to leave Strictly – It Takes Two

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Zoe Ball announced her exit from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing companion show It Takes Two last night. The presenter has now opened up about the decision in more detail on her Radio 2 breakfast show this morning.

Speaking about leaving the show after 10 years hosting, Zoe said it was “one of the hardest decisions”.

She started by thanking listeners for their supportive comments following her news.

Zoe explained: “‘Can I just say thank you for all your lovely messages about It Takes Two.

“You’ve been so gorgeous and I had to say it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, walking away from it.”

Zoe then went on to discuss the reason behind her decision to leave as well.

She continued: “I love that show, you know how obsessed I am with Strictly.

“But after 10 years, sometimes you’ve got to give yourself some new challenges.”

For Zoe, she also wanted to be able to spend more time with her daughter Nelly Cook as well.

The 11-year-old is co-parented with Zoe’s ex-husband Norman Cook, who is also known as Fatboy Slim.

The pair also have a son called Woody as well, who is 20-years-old.

Zoe added: “Also I don’t get to see my Nell in the morning.

“So to be able to see her in the evening is such a lovely thing because she’s growing up so fast.

“And of course we will support Strictly from this very show, you know we will.

“We cannot wait to see who is in the class of 2021.”

Zoe first made the announcement about her exit on her Instagram yesterday evening.

She shared the news with her 586,000 followers alongside a picture with some of the Strictly stars.

Zoe captioned the post: “Dance lovers, after 10 joyous years I am waltzing away from It Takes Two.

“As a massive @bbcstrictly fan I have loved spending my Autumn teatimes with the celebrity dancers, the gorgeous & awesome pro dancers, the judges, my girl Vicky Gill, Rylan, Gethin & of course my main man Ian Waite.

“Time now for some new cha cha challenges. I will continue to support the Strictly family on the Breakfast Show & can’t wait to watch the Class Of 2021 from my sofa.

“Huge love & grateful thanks to Tess & Claude & the whole Strictly clan, the ITT fans, my Glam Squad, Eve Winstanley, Alex McLeod, the BBC2 gang, & of course the best telly crew ever.

“I will miss you all immensely. As Iveta would say “Friends for the life“ xx.”

As well as her exit, her co-presenter Ian Waite also announced he was leaving the show.

He posted a goodbye on his Instagram as he shared how he’ll be focusing on his fitness brand and new tour with Vincent Simone called The Ballroom Boys.

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