Strictlys Craig Revel Horwoods two-word response to Amanda Abbingtons exit11/03/2023
Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood admitted that he was "disappointed" to learn Amanda Abbington left the BBC dancing competition.
The Sherlock actress, 49, decided to dramatically quit the show ahead of Halloween week, citing "medical reasons". However, rumours of a feud between Amanda and professional partner Giovanni Pernice soon arose, as sources close to Abbington said she "did not know what she was getting herself into".
Amanda and Giovanni had been giving a bye from producers the week before she left the show. A statement from the BBC after Amanda had left the show acknowledged her decision and wished her well in future endeavours.
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Now, resident grumpy judge Craig has broken his silence on the scandal, giving his thoughts on Amanda's dramatic walking from the show. Horwood admitted he felt "so sad" when he had heard the news.
"I was so sad to hear that Amanda Abbington had withdrawn from the competition," Craig revealed in an interview with Best magazine. "I couldn't wait to see her dance the cha-cha-cha alongside professional partner Giovanni.
"So I'm disappointed I won't get to see their future dances," he continued. "But I enjoyed watching her Strictly journey and wish her all the best."
Craig's comments on the debacle come after theatre actress Amanda urged fans "to be kind" when writing comments, as she opened up on comments could "push people over the edge" if they were malicious or "cruel". In her first interview after leaving the show, she spoke on Boogaloo Radio about the need to be positive.
She explained: "My thing at the moment is 'be kind', it's always been 'be kind'. You don't know what someone else is going through, you have no idea what's going on in their life, so before you say anything hateful and cruel just check yourself."
Amanda hit out against those who had sent her hate during her time on the show, encouraging them to send more love as "it takes so much more energy to be hateful". She added that the world we live in allows for anonymity, but asked viewers to hold off on hateful words.
"It could push someone over the edge to do something. And God know we have to look after each other," she said during the interview.
Giovanni and Amanda have not spoken since she opted to leave the show. Giovanni paid tribute to his partner on a post on Instagram – which Amanda has not liked or commented on.
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