Kevin Clifton of Strictly STOP the show after seven years as girlfriend and fellow champion Stacey Dooley says he “will always be the king of the program”
- The professional ballroom dancer broke the news in a long Instagram post that was shared with followers on Friday afternoon
- “For me it has always been the best show on TV and it will always be a dream and an honor to be part of it,” he told fans
- Clifton reached the Strictly Come Dancing final five times during seven years in the BBC show and won it once in 2018
- A BBC spokesperson confirmed: “He will be greatly missed by fans and his Strictly family. He will always be our Kevin van Grimsby ‘
Strictly professional dancer Kevin Clifton went to Instagram on Friday to reveal that he left Strictly on his show after seven years.
The 37-year-old shared a series of photos and wrote: “To the entire Strictly family. The last 7 years have been some of the best years of my life.
‘I am grateful to the BBC and Strictly Come Dancing for giving me the opportunity to be part of something very special.
“I want to leave at a peak”: Kevin Clifton 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)
“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 glitterball tour 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 in my life and career.”
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.
Sweet: Stacey paid tribute to her friend and dance partner because she said he “will always be the King of Strictly”
What a blow! Kevin’s news will no doubt come as a shock to his legion of fans, as he is a very popular member of the Strictly family
‘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. ”
A spokesperson for Strictly Come Dancing: ‘Kevin has been such a brilliant part of Strictly for the past seven years.
“From reaching the final five times impressive to lifting the Glitterball with Stacey Dooley in 2018, he has given the show some fantastic moments, thanks to his exceptional talent as a dancer and choreographer.
“He will be greatly missed by fans and by his Strictly family. He will always be our Kevin from Grimsby. “
He said: “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.
Stacey went to Instagram to share a smashing tribute to her beauty as she shared a selfie of the two and wrote: “… will always be the king of Strictly. Well done honey. View this space !!!! ‘
She then shared a video so she could talk about the news in public and said, “I just saw that Kev has just posted that he has left Strictly.
‘I just wanted to say in public Kevin, I am so proud of you what you achieved in that show, is remarkable and undeniable.
“Without a doubt you are the most successful pro you have ever had, because you work so damn hard and are friendly, and you are full of grace and you are so talented, and I can’t wait to see what you have now . Well done honey. ”
Kevin – who joined in 2013 – has also paid tribute to all the other professionals with whom he worked on the program in his time and to all his famous partners, including Louise Redknapp, Susanna Reid, Frankie Bridge and his now girlfriend Stacey Dooley, with whom he won the glitterball trophy in 2018.
Stacey and Kevin have been dating since they came together in the 2018 series Strictly Come Dancing – which they won together.
The media personality settled in the dancer’s flat after she left the house she shared with her former partner Sam Tucknott in Brighton.
Kevin has had an incredible tenure in the show and received three 40’s in the show for his Argentine Tango with Louise Redknapp, and two with Kelle Bright for their Tango and Showdance.