Claudia Winkleman has spoken of her “relief” now that her daughter is on the road to recovery, after sustaining serious burns in an accident on Halloween.
It was announced on Friday that after three weeks off to be at her daughter, Matilda’s side, she is now well enough that Claudia can return to co-presenting ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ with Tess Daly on Saturday night.
Claudia took to her Twitter on Friday afternoon, to thank the medical professionals who have been helping her eight-year-old daughter through her ordeal, claiming she and her husband have been “bowled over” by their support.
Hello Twitter. Firstly, a huge thank you to the incredible NHS doctors and nurses who are being extraordinary.— Claudia Winkleman (@ClaudiaWinkle) November 21, 2014
We are bowled over by their kindness and brilliance. Matilda is doing well and although it will be a long road to recovery, she is getting— Claudia Winkleman (@ClaudiaWinkle) November 21, 2014
The best possible care. Thank you so much for your lovely messages - they meant everything.— Claudia Winkleman (@ClaudiaWinkle) November 21, 2014
She went on to remind ‘Strictly’ viewers that, after three weeks off, she may be a little “out of practice”.
I'm coming back to Strictly this weekend but am out of practice so please bear with me.— Claudia Winkleman (@ClaudiaWinkle) November 21, 2014
A source “close to the family” told The Sun: “Claudia was torn over what to do, but she has been there for Matilda for three weeks, barely leaving her side, and thinks the time is right to come back.
“She was in rehearsals on Friday and although she obviously wanted to rush back to be with Matilda as soon as she could, it went OK, all things considered.”
Claudia - who had previously fronted ‘Strictly’ spin-off show, ‘It Takes Two - first landed the job of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ co-host earlier this year, when Sir Bruce Forsyth stepped down as presenter after ten years at the helm of the show.
She and Tess are the first female presenting duo to ever co-host a prime-time Saturday night series ever on British TV.
In Claudia’s absence, Tess has been sharing presenting duties with current ‘It Takes Two’ host, Zoe Ball.