Will Young’s ‘Strictly’ Exit Had ‘Nothing To Do With Len Goodman Clash’

The mystery over the singer's shock departure deepens.

12/10/2016 07:10 | Updated 12 October 2016

Will Young’s decision to quit ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ had nothing to do with his clash with Len Goodman, according to show insiders.

The 37-year-old singer announced he was leaving the BBC dance competition on Tuesday night, just three weeks into the live shows, citing “personal reasons”.

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But many viewers questioned whether his decision had anything to do with Len’s comments about Will’s salsa on last week’s show, which saw the head judge telling the star to “turn up, keep up and shut up.”

But a BBC insider has told The Mirror that the pair actually had a laugh about the comments after the show.

“Will leaving the show is nothing to do with the argument with Len,” the source said.

“They actually had a laugh about the little on-screen altercation after the show.

“There is a great amount of mutual respect between the pair.”

Will wasn't happy with Len's critique of his salsa routine.

Show insiders are now questioning the nature of the notoriously private star’s shock exit.

They said: “Will has created the biggest mystery possible by quitting out of the blue in such an upbeat fashion.

“Now everybody will be desperate to know what’s caused this sudden change of heart. Why leave when it was all going so well? The mind boggles.”

Following his decision to quit, Will issued a statement saying he was leaving “with joy in my heart”.


His statement read: “To be a part of Strictly has been a long time ambition of mine. As a performer, a viewer, and a fan of the show, to dance as a contestant was an experience I always hoped for.

“I have made some great friends, and am in awe of their performances week in, week out.

“I have made some great friends, and am in awe of their performances week in, week out.

“I have found a creative partnership with Karen that has been the most wonderful thing to experience. I will be eternally grateful to her for her direction, talent and guiding me through three wonderful dances that I will be able to show my grandkids in years to come.

“Unfortunately, I am leaving the show for personal reasons.

“I leave with joy in my heart that I have been able to take part in one of the most loved shows on British television.

“I am so grateful to everyone who works on Strictly from the lighting designer to catering to the production team.

“Strictly truly is the most unique family and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. And finally thank you to the BBC for supporting me throughout my journey. I wish my compatriots so much luck, and although I am back to being a viewer again, I’m certainly going to ‘keeeep dancing’!”

The BBC added: “Due to personal reasons, Will Young has decided to withdraw from Strictly Come Dancing. The show fully respects his decision and wishes him all the best for the future.”

Will’sStrictly’ dance partner, Karen Clifton, has expressed her sadness at his decision to quit the show.

She tweeted: “I’m so sad that Will has decided to quit the show and I know it wasn’t an easy decision for him.

“It was great dancing with him, he was such fun to work with and I wish him all the very best for the future.”

The BBC have also confirmed the couple will not be replaced, despite fans calling for the return of axed contestant Tameka Empson and partner Gorka Marquez, who were eliminated on Sunday.


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