‘It is an absolutely weird show:’ Robert Webb reflects on his ‘brutal’ three weeks of Strictly Come Dancing after quitting due to health concerns  

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Robert Webb has called Strictly Come Dancing ‘brutal’ and ‘weird’ after leaving the competition due to health concerns.

The 49-year-old comedian withdrew from Strictly after demanding “immediate reconciliation” with the specialist overseeing his recovery from heart surgery.

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Partnered with professional dancer Diane Buswell, said Robert Sun About his time on the show: “It’s brutal. It’s an absolutely weird show.

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‘It’s an absolutely weird show’: Robert Webb calls Strictly Come Dancing ‘brutal’ and ‘weird’ after leaving the competition (pictured with his partner Diane Buswell on the show)

Reflecting on his time in the competition, Robert said: ‘It’s not that it’s an unpleasant environment, but those are long days and it’s a long time to be good.’

The Peep Show star admitted that if cameras were watching her “all the time” she often worried about being “cancelled” for saying the wrong thing.

Robert said he often burst into tears when learning the intense routines and struggled to learn the choreography in time for that week’s live show.

He said: ‘If we had to rehearse longer, that would have happened, but we get four more days of one performance… at the end of that performance you can be fired. It’s cruel. It’s an absolutely weird show.

Clash: Comedian strongly withdraws after demanding 'immediate reconciliation' with specialist overseeing his recovery from heart surgery

Clash: Comedian strongly withdraws after demanding ‘immediate reconciliation’ with specialist overseeing his recovery from heart surgery

Robert announced his decision to bow down on Wednesday night, admitting he had ‘bittened more than he could chew’, had an ongoing heart condition and two years after open-heart surgery.

Robert said of the decision: ‘I am extremely sorry to announce that I am withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health.

‘I had open heart surgery two years ago and although I was confident I was strictly and fit enough to keep up with its demanding schedule, it became clear that I had chewed as much as I could for this stage in my recovery, He had cut more than that.

Leaning on: Robert announced his decision to leave the show on Wednesday night

Leaning on: Robert announced his decision to leave the show on Wednesday night

‘I started feeling symptoms that required an immediate consultation from my cardiologist, and it was his view that it would be better to withdraw from the show for the sake of my health.’

He continued: ‘I am proud of the three dances that Diane Buswell and I managed to perform and I am deeply sorry to disappoint them like this.

‘I couldn’t have wished for a more talented partner or a more patient teacher, and it’s a measure of Diane’s professionalism and kindness that I was able to get as far as I could.

Regrets: He admitted he 'bittened off more than he could chew', was running a heart condition

Regrets: He admitted he ‘bittened off more than he could chew’, was running a heart condition

Candid: Robert said of the decision: 'I am extremely sorry to announce that I am withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health'

Candid: Robert said of the decision: ‘I am extremely sorry to announce that I am withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health’

‘Thank you also to everyone in the house who voted for us. It was always going to be a tough mountain climb (for one thing it’s made of glitter so it’s very slippery) and I’ve been especially impressed with the support from fellow heart patients.

‘I think maybe I was too eager to impress them. They’ll know that recovery doesn’t always go in a straight line, and I hope they won’t be too disappointed that I ran into the limits of my flexibility much sooner than I expected.

‘I leave to learn that Strictly audiences are in very safe hands and I’ll be cheering for my brother and sister contestants until Christmas.

‘Despite this tragic ending, it has been a real honor to be a part of this huge, joyous and barking mad TV show. May it continue for a long time.’

Grace: Diane said, 'As a big fan of Robert, I am delighted to learn that he is joining the Strictly family.  To find out that he was my partner was the icing on the cake'

Grace: Diane said, ‘As a big fan of Robert, I am delighted to learn that he is joining the Strictly family. To find out that he was my partner was the icing on the cake’

Tragic: He adds, 'I leave knowing that tough audiences are in very safe hands and I'll be cheering for my brother and sister contestants until Christmas'

Sad: He added, ‘I leave knowing that Strictly audiences are very safe…

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