Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton looked down on Monday morning as he made his first appearance since confirming plans to leave the BBC show.
The professional ballroom dancer confirmed that after seven years he is walking far away from Strictly and triumphing one Glitter Ball on Friday afternoon.
But his first public appearance since he broke the news was a subdued affair, with Clifton, 37, who ventured into London only after wishing girlfriend Stacey Dooley a happy birthday on social media.
Stepping: Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton looked down on Monday morning as he made his first appearance since confirming plans to leave the BBC show
Dooley, the famous partner with whom he won the show in 2018, celebrated her 33rd birthday on Monday, but she was not present at his last public appearance.
With a rucksack over his back, Clifton looked relaxed while venturing into a casual black anorak and matching jeans.
The ballroom pro, who has left Strictly to pursue other projects, completed his appearance with a pair of battered white trainers.
Tribute: the 33rd birthday of girlfriend Stacey Dooley on Instagram, the dancer shared a playful video of his girlfriend who danced on Elvis Presley classic Jailhouse Rock
Everywhere: the professional ballroom dancer confirmed that after seven years he is far away from Strictly and one Glitter Ball triumph on Friday afternoon
Low key: his first public appearance since the news was a modest affair, with Clifton, 37, who ventured into London alone
Don’t mind me: with a backpack on his back, Clifton looked relaxed while venturing into a casual black anorak and matching jeans
Recognizing Dooley’s special day on Instagram, the dancer shared a playful video of his girlfriend who danced on Elvis Presley classic Jailhouse Rock.
At the clip he wrote: “Congratulations on my favorite person and thank you for this creative expression.”
It is understood that Clifton came close to stopping the BBC show last year, but was convinced that he had to stay with the bosses of the show.
Relaxed: the ballroom pro, who has strictly left to pursue other projects, completed his appearance with a pair of battered white trainers
Dancing to his own beat: Clifton listened to music while inactive on the street on Monday morning
The British professional reportedly refused large money deals to stay on show for another series, but was disappointed when he was eliminated in week two alongside presenter Anneka Rice, 61.
A source told The sun that Clifton was upset that he persisted after refusing lucrative West End deals that were worth much more than the reported £ 45,000 he earned as a dancer on the show.
The dancer born in Grimsby finished only 14th with Anneka, when the pair was only the second pair to be eliminated.
A source told the newspaper: “Kevin was flooded with lucrative offers after he won Strictly with Stacey in 2018 and he then told bosses that he wanted to run away.
“His head was turned by the money. But it was said that he came back with a lot of flattery about ” King Kev ” as the most beloved professional dancer in the show.
Well done! Clifton won the Glitterball trophy in 2018 together with girlfriend Dooley
He has left! Clifton reportedly came close to stopping the BBC show last year, but was convinced to stay with show bosses
A pity: it has been claimed that he has rejected major money deals to stay on the show for another series, just to be disappointed when he was paired with presenter Anneka Rice
“He hoped to be able to follow him and Stacey’s victory more successfully. Instead, he was linked to Anneka, who – no matter how sweet she is – would never go to the final. “
MailOnline has contacted representatives from Kevin Clifton, Stacey Dooley, Anneka Rice and Strictly Come Dancing for comments.
It was also reported by The mirror that Clifton has been strictly stopped to protect his relationship with Dooley, but a star representative has denied the claims.
You can do it! It comes as a result of reports that Dooley has encouraged her friend Clifton to leave the show so that they can become a TV power pair
A source told The sun that Clifton’s decision to quit strictly shocked show bosses given that he had become one of his most beloved professionals.
It was also claimed that Clifton told friends that he could become an even bigger star after leaving the show, with Stacey also making his decision.
The insider said, “Kevin’s decision came as a real shock to many of those involved in the show. But the fact is that he just thinks he’s bigger than now – even though it has brought him to where he is now. “
They added: “He has told people that he thinks he is now a bigger star than the celebrities in the show, and Stacey has encouraged him to go alone. She thinks they can be a bit of a power pair on TV.
“The bosses were shocked that someone who has benefited so much wants to walk away from the show. But fame and fortune have clearly turned their heads. ”
Big money: a source claimed that the presenter hinted that she and her friend could make money on big money projects, amid claims that the professional thought he had become “too big” for the BBC show (photo)
On Friday, Clifton left fans devastated when he announced that he had left Strictly after seven years in the show.
Many fans went to Twitter to share their tribute, with one quote icon Bruce Forsyth saying “you were my favorite.”
He shares 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 want to leave at a peak”: on Friday, Clifton left fans devastated when he announced that after seven years he had been strictly on the show (pictured with Stacey 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.
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: Dooley paid tribute to her friend and dance partner because she said he “will always be the King of Strictly”
Fun: she loved a tweet in which a fan used the hashtag “7 years of itching”, as they said, “Well done and what an incredible 7 years it has been!”
What a blow! The news from Clifton came 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 wrote on Instagram: “Kevin has been such a brilliant part of Strictly for the past seven years.
“From reaching the final an impressive five times to lifting the Glitterball with Stacey Dooley in 2018, he has given the show some fantastic moments, through 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 wrote: “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.
Dooley 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.
High praise: Stacey went to Instagram to share a smashing tribute to her beauty as she shared a selfie of the two of them and wrote: “… will always be the king of Strictly. Well done baby
‘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. ”
She repeated her statement and also wrote a sweet note about Clifton’s post: “I was bursting with pride. Undeniably, the most successful pro on Strictly.
‘Won everything, treated everyone with respect and kindness, worked ZO bloody hard and now, with a high point. You will always be the king of Strictly. ”
She also liked a tweet in which a fan used the hashtag “7 years of itching,” as they said, “Well done and what an incredible 7 years it has been!”
Great: Dooley also went to Instagram to pay tribute to her friend Kevin after his announcement
A large number of celebrities paid tribute to the star after his announcement, while writing powerful messages of support and best wishes.
Former Strict winner Ore Oduba wrote: ‘Once a champion (FOUR TIME a champion!) Always a champion … what a great 7 years and so much more! !!! Could not be more proud Kev. Superstar ‘
While the current judge Motsi Mabuse added: ‘Good luck with your new journey !! Your presence is so unique! You were always 100% committed! All the best and you will definitely be missed. ”
Susanna Reid, who was associated with Clifton during his first stint at the show in 2013, wrote: “From your first, thank you – and congratulations on being such an incredible part of the show.”
Sweet: Susanna Reid, who was linked to Clifton during his first stint at the show in 2013 (photo), wrote: “From your first, thanks – and congratulations”
10s across the board: Clifton has had an incredible tenure in the show since joining in 2013, and received three 40s on the show, two of which were at Kellie Bright in 2015 (photo)
Do good: Clifton also achieved top scores for his Argentine Tango with Louise Redknapp (shown with a Jive)
Fans went to Twitter after the star made the announcement, expressed their grief but also wished him all the best.
While another added: “Gobsmacked !!!! But good luck with all future efforts. Your cheeky face is unfortunately missed !! “
One added, as they wrote: “No matter how upset I am to see you leave, I am so excited to see what you are doing now! Thank you for more musicals with tours to Liverpool thank you. ”
A fan also said: “Kevin, I just saw the news. Destroyed To quote Sir Bruce ‘you are my favorite’. I wish you good luck with your next project. “
Clifton and Dooley have had a date 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.
Clifton has had an incredible tenure in the show since joining in 2013 and received three 40s on the show for his Argentine Tango with Louise and two with Kellie Bright for their Tango and Showdance.
Last stint: Kevin was second in season 11 in 2013 to season 14 in 2016, but had his worst placement in the 2019 series with Anneka Rice (photo) when they became 14th
He finished second four years in a row, from season 11 in 2013 to season 14 in 2016, finishing 7th in series 15 with Susan Calman and having his worst placement in the 2019 series with Anneka Rice when he finished 14th.
Clifton recently ended his period in the London production of The Wedding Singer, which was staged at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theater in London.
He will now play against his sister Joanne in their new British tour through Burn The Floor, which will tour the UK from March 26 to May 24.
On stage: earlier this week, Kevin ended his stint in the London production of The Wedding Singer, which was staged at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theater in London
New businesses: Kevin is now going to play against his sister Joanne in their new UK tour of Burn The Floor, which will tour the UK from March 26 to May 24.