Strictlys Aljaž confesses to midlife crisis as he opens up on exit from show

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    Strictly Come Dancing star Aljaž Škorjanec confirmed the news that he'd be leaving the show last year – and now he's explained why.

    He issued a statement shortly after taking part in the 2021 series of the show to confirm that he had just done his last one.

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    But it seems his decision is not actually related to the show, but instead he decided he wanted to take a break from dancing as his main career focus.

    Speaking at the Warner Hotels Thoresby Hall Strictly Come Dancing weekend, Aljaž said he was having a "midlife crisis" when he opted to quit the show.

    He said: "I found I fell in love with dancing again when I did theatre, people came to see me and I found an appreciation for someone clapping after I finished dancing. I fell in love with that concept.

    "I did theatre for three years and then Strictly came around and I did that for nine years.

    "A year and a half ago I hit an early midlife crisis and now I don't know what I want to do in my life. I love talking now, so I love doing Q&As birthdays, calls – don't make me dance but I can talk for ages."

    And it's good that he can talk for so long, because his wife Janette Manrara wants him to land a job on Strictly's It Takes Two as Rylan confirmed he's leaving the show.

    Speaking at the same event, Janette said: "We do need a new co-host, don't you think? I'm not being biased, he's my husband, but if I'm gonna have a TV husband who is better than my actual husband?"

    The new presenter is yet to be confirmed, but Rylan explained just last month that he won't be returning.

    He said at the time that he was ready to "pass the baton on" and gushed over hosting with Janette and Zoe.

    He said: "After four fantastic years it's time for me to hang up my glittery jacket and say goodbye to It Takes Two."

    The show is set to be back later this year – but with a brand new co-host.

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