Strictlys Claudia Winkleman nearly quit over clash and told bosses Im out

Stricty's Claudia Winkleman hosts the famous show with Tess Daly – but it nearly all came crashing down two years ago.

The TV favourite very nearly quit the series in 2021 over a clash in schedules, and she even called up the bosses to inform them. She called up Sarah James and explained that she was thinking of quitting over the start date of September 13.

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Claudia told bosses that it clashed with the date her son was due to start university. She told Radio 4's Women's Hour at the time: "I phoned the boss of Strictly, quite dramatically and said through tears, 'Sarah, I love you and I never want to leave, but if the first show is September 13th, I'm out'."

She added: "It's not because I love him more than other people love their kids. I think this is something that parents have to go through and I don't know how it's going to work exactly."

Luckily, the show changed the date from September 13th to September 18th so Claudia was able to send her son off to university and then return to work. Now Claudia's son has been at university for two years and she's had her time to get used to it.

The star has been able to stay put and carry out her presenting duties as normal alongside Tess Daly. However, there have been other shake-ups in the Strictly world.

It Takes Two saw Rylan Clark confirm he was leaving the show after four years as co-host. He said earlier this year: "I've been welcomed into the Strictly family and will firmly hold that title dear to me.

"The time has come for me to pass on that baton to someone else and explore what else life has for me." Rylan's co-star Janette Manrara later confirmers she was having a baby, but she's still hosting the show at a reduced rate.

Now fans will tune it to It Takes Two to see either Janette or Fleur East heading up the show as Fleur was revealed as Rylan's replacement. At the time she said the stint was an "incredible honour" adding she is "really grateful" to land the show.

Fleur was also sent messages of support by Rylan as she previously stated he sent her a message after it was announced to tell her she would have so much fun.

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