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Katya Jones of Strictly discusses Kevin Clifton’s departure from the show on TRIC

EXCLUSIVE: “I had no idea … I was shocked!”: Strictly’s Katya Jones discusses Kevin Clifton’s departure from the show when she arrives at the TRIC Awards with Mike Bushell

He shocked his fans when he announced that he had stopped Friday with Strictly Come Dancing.

And fellow professional dancer Katya Jones (37) from 37-year-old Kevin Clifton said she was just as surprised as the audience when she heard the news.

Kayta said during the TRIC Awards at Grosvenor House in London on Tuesday: “I was shocked and had no idea. It was a surprise for all of us.

No idea: Strictly's Katya Jones discussed Kevin Clifton's departure from the show when she arrived on Tuesday with Mike Bushell at the TRIC Awards at Grosvenor House in London

No idea: Strictly’s Katya Jones discussed Kevin Clifton’s departure from the show when she arrived on Tuesday with Mike Bushell at the TRIC Awards at Grosvenor House in London

“I had no idea … I was shocked!”: Katya said she found out when everyone did that Kevin stopped the show after seven years

‘But I like to see our professionals do other things. It is exciting. He has so many passions and I am really happy for him.

“As far as Strictly is concerned, we naturally lose a good professional. But I am really happy that he is growing and doing other things. He is so talented and fantastic. ”

Katya arrived at the TRIC Awards, which celebrates the best of the television and radio industry, with her 2019 Strictly dance partner, Mike Bushell on her arm.

She looked incredible in a blue sequin jumpsuit that was strapless in design and had a peplum detail at the waist.

The pants had a wide-ranging design and Katya looked like she was paying tribute to the famous Strictly Glitterball in her glitzy number.

Glitter ball chic: she looked incredible in a blue sequined jumpsuit with a strapless design and a peplum detail at the waist

Glitter ball chic: she looked incredible in a blue sequined jumpsuit with a strapless design and a peplum detail at the waist

Glitterball chic: she looked incredible in a blue sequined jumpsuit with a strapless design and a peplum detail at the waist

Friends: Mike and Katya became the seventh couple to be kicked out of the show last year and seem to have remained good friends

Friends: Mike and Katya became the seventh couple to be kicked out of the show last year and seem to have remained good friends

Friends: Mike and Katya became the seventh couple to be kicked out of the show last year and seem to have remained good friends

Mike and Katya became the seventh couple to be kicked out of the show last year and seem to have remained good friends.

Meanwhile, Kevin’s departure on the show comes after a seven-year period amid claims that he thought he was bigger than the BBC hit.

Fans remained devastated by the news when they went to Twitter to share their tribute with one quote icon Bruce Forsyth by saying “you were my favorite.”

And on Tuesday, strict champion Kelvin Fletcher told MailOnline that he thought it was “sad” that Kevin was leaving.

He said: ‘It is sad when someone goes because everyone is wonderful. We found that every week when we said goodbye to people. That was sad too.

“Kevin has been a great ambassador for the show … I’m sure he’ll do well in another chapter of his life.”

When Kevin, 37, announced his departure Friday via social media, he wrote: “To the entire Strictly family. The last 7 years have been some of the best years of my life.

'I want to leave at a peak': Kevin went to Instagram on Friday to reveal that after seven years he will strictly STOP the show (pictured with now girlfriend Stacey Dooley in 2018)

'I want to leave at a peak': Kevin went to Instagram on Friday to reveal that after seven years he will strictly STOP the show (pictured with now girlfriend Stacey Dooley in 2018)

‘I want to leave at a peak’: Kevin went to Instagram on Friday to reveal that after seven years he will strictly STOP the show (pictured with now girlfriend Stacey Dooley in 2018)

‘I am grateful to the BBC and Strictly Come Dancing for giving me the opportunity to be part of something very special.

“Since I was first named” Kevin From Grimsby “in 2013 by Sir Bruce Forsyth, I have experienced the highlights of 5 finals, winning a Guinness World record on It Takes Two, the Strictly Arena tour of Glitterball and then the ultimate win of the 2018 series with Stacey Dooley.

‘After finishing the last series with the Children In Need trophy and the Christmas special, I want to leave at a high point and have therefore decided that it is time to move on and focus on other areas of my life and career.

What a blow! Kevin's came as a shock to his legion of fans because he is a very popular member of the Strictly family

What a blow! Kevin's came as a shock to his legion of fans because he is a very popular member of the Strictly family

What a blow! Kevin’s came as a shock to his legion of fans because he is a very popular member of the Strictly family

He continued: ‘I want to thank all professionals for inspiring me every day, as well as all my famous partners. The whole team behind the scenes has always made the Strictly family what it is and the best show to work for.

‘Thanks to everyone who has ever voted for me and my partners. It means the world. And a special thanks to Jason Gilkison for always believing in me.

‘For me, Strictly is and always will be the best show on TV and it is an absolute dream and honor to be part of it.

‘For 2013 I watched every week. Now I am looking forward to becoming a fan again and to cheer on my friends who keep dancing. Kevin Clifton. ”

Tribute: A spokesperson for Strictly Come Dancing wrote on Instagram last week: “Kevin has been such a brilliant part of Strictly for the past seven years”

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