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Strictly Come Dancing stars have been left reeling after contestant Amanda Abbington decided to withdraw from the competition.
It was revealed in a statement that the 49-year-old and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, 33, will not be returning to the BBC One show.
Now, the Sherlock actress’s Strictly pals have shared their love for the star and wished her the best for the future after the duo’s untimely exit.
Ellie Leach wrote in the comments section of the Instagram statement: “love you so much @amanda_abbington74.”
Angela Scanlon said: “so gutted. We love you @amanda_abbington74 xx.”
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Zara McDermott gushed: “Amanda you are a true gem in this world. We love you beyond words xxxxxxxxxx.”
Professional Nadiya Bychkova added: “Sending you my love,” while Luba Mushtuk said: “Sending all my love @amanda_abbington74.”
Gorka Marquez, who was eliminated earlier this series, penned: “Sending you love.”
The statement on Amanda’s exit was posted on the official Strictly Come Dancing Instagram page for their 1.1 million followers to see.
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It said: “Amanda Abbington is unable to continue in Strictly Come Dancing and has decided to withdraw from the competition.
“The show wishes her all the best for the future,” it concluded.
Rumours about the actress potentially calling it a day on the BBC show had been swirling ever since Amanda and Giovanni were forced to pull out of last weekend’s live show.
Hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly opened Saturday night’s show by saying Amanda was unable to perform due to medical reasons.
Despite Amanda’s absence, Giovanni still appeared on the episode and seemed to enjoy watching the other couples perform.
The pair were supposed to perform a Cha Cha Cha to the song Canned Heat by Jamiroquai.
On Sunday’s result show, comedian Eddie Kadi and his dance partner Karen Hauer were eliminated after a tough dance-off with Zara McDermott and Graziano Di Prima.
All four judges were in favour of saving Zara and Graziano, leading to Eddie and Karen saying their goodbyes and leaving the dancing show for good.
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