Rylan forced to pull out of Strictly It Takes Two as he self-isolates
Rylan Clark-Neal is missing two weeks of filming Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two after coming into contact with somebody who tested positive for coronavirus.
The 32-year-old presenter shared an online statement telling his fans he will stay at home for 14 days and miss the Strictly spin-off show and his BBC Radio 2 Saturday programme.
Sharing the news on his official Twitter account, Rylan told his 1.6 million followers: "I found out this week that someone I have been in recent contact with outside of work has tested positive for coronavirus.
"I am therefore now following the government guidelines and having to self isolate.
"I have sought a Covid test and thankfully that has returned a negative result."
The Celebrity Big Brother star continued: "That does mean I will miss the next two weeks of Strictly It Takes Two and my BBC Radio 2 Saturday show.
"I look forward to being back soon and wish all the couples good luck for this weekend."
The presenter added: "I'd just like to add seeing some of your comments, I paid privately to have a test to make sure there was no immediate risk to my work bubbles. Stay safe."
England is currently in its second lockdown of the year, and current government guidelines mean if you come into contact with someone with coronavirus you must isolate for 14 days.
As a result of Rylan missing It Takes Two while he self-isolates, it seems his co-star Zoe Ball will have to host the show alone.
Rylan's devoted fans rushed to leave a comment on his Instagram statement.
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One said: "Oh Rylan, hope it goes quickly, thanks for doing the right thing – and you still have us here."
Another added: "Glad to hear the test was negative. Will miss you on your radio 2 show and ITT but it's only a few weeks and I am sure you will be back with a bang. Stay safe."
Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse and former Strictly contestant Emma Barton and both posted a heart emoji.
Strictly: It Takes Two airs on BBC2 weeknights at 6:30pm
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