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e Dcey Bussell is to step down from her role as a judge on One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

She has been a member of the judging panel for seven , having joined in 2012.

e Dcey sd she was “not leaving because of any upset or disagreement”, but to focus on “ commitments”.

She added: “It has been a complete privilege for me to be pt of Strictly, ing with such a talented .”

It has not yet been announced who replace her on the show.

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e Dcey’s statement in full

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Im caption Strictly L-R: Crg Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli, Bas and e Dcey Bussell

“It has been a complete privilege for me to be pt of Strictly, ing with such a talented .

“I have enjoyed every minute of my and miss everyone from my fellow , the presenters, the dancers, the ians, the entire backst , and especiy the ers of the show, who have been so supportive.

not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at , just stepping away to give more focus to my many commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful yes that I can’t having gone any better.”

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Writing on , fellow judge Shirley Ballas said: “We’ve had the most laughs and fun s on the show. Today is certnly the end of an era.

“Thank for hing my hand the way and being such an incible friend… It just wont be the same without !”

e Dcey became a principal dancer at the Royal Bet in 1989 at the of 20.

After becoming widely acclmed as one of the est berinas, she reti in 2007.

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captione Dcey Bussell eed as a guest judge in 2009

e Dcey joined Strictly in 2012, replacing Alesha Dion, who had left to join ’s Got Talent.

She had previously eed as a guest judge on the programme.

For most of her yes on the show, e Dcey shed the judging panel with Len Goodman, Crg Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

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Im caption e Dcey in the Royal Bet ion of Mr ly Wise in 1995

judge Goodman reti from the show in 2016, , and was replaced by Bas the following ye.

Chlotte Moore, director of , sd: “It has been an absolute honour to have Dcey, a national treasure and dance icon, bring her passion for dance and her gful presence to the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel for seven consecutive yes.

“She be thoroughly missed by us and of course remn pt of the Strictly in the future.”

Writing on , presenter Claudia Winkleman added: “We Dcey. ’ll be so so missed.”

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