JAMIE Laing has been forced to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing due to a foot injury.
He landed awkwardly during the group dance on Friday’s pre-recorded opening show.
Jamie Laing, seen here on Saturday on crutches, has been forced to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing due to a foot injury[/caption]
The Sun revealed how the Made In Chelsea star, 30, was in doubt for the series after being seen on crutches at the weekend.
In a statement the BBC said: “Sadly, due to an injury, Jamie Laing will no longer be able to take part in this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing. As the Strictly launch show is pre-recorded, Jamie will still feature in this programme which airs Saturday September 7.”
Jamie said: “I’m absolutely devastated that I’m unable to continue in the competition, I was so excited to hit the dance floor. I would like to wish the lovely couples all the very best and hope they enjoy their time on the show to the fullest.”
Executive producer Sarah James said: “We are so sad that Jamie won’t be able to take part in the series, he had already lit up the ballroom during the launch show with his boundless energy and enthusiasm. We all wish him a full and speedy recovery.”
Jamie landed awkwardly during the group dance on Friday’s pre-recorded opening show[/caption]
Jamie was seen with girlfriend Sophie Habboo in Notting Hill, West London, on Saturday with crutches and wearing a moon boot.
A show source said at the time: “It’s touch and go for Jamie and bosses are waiting to see how his results look after he gets a proper X-ray done.
“Producers are hoping he’s just landed awkwardly during the group dance and tweaked something rather than it being a more serious injury.
“They’ll know if his Strictly journey is over before it’s even really begun in the next 24 hours or so.”
They added: “It’s terrible timing. These three weeks are paramount to doing well.
“Jamie and his partner will have wanted to hit the ground running but he’ll have his feet up now for a few days at least.”
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He is the first celebrity to quit since 2009.
Olympic long jumper Jade Johnson, 39, left mid-series after tearing a knee ligament during rehearsals.
She was partnered with Ian Waite.