Why has Will Bayley quit Strictly Come Dancing? – Latest News


 Strictly Come Dancing will be missing one of its number on Saturday night after Will Bayley MBE quit the series earlier this week  The Paralympian – who had been dancing with Janette Manrara on the show – announced on Wednesday he would not be continuing in the series, in an emotional interview on spin-off series It Takes Two  So just what did happen to the table tennis ace – and why has he left?  Here’s what you need to know… Why has Will Bayley quit Strictly Come Dancing?  Will has been forced to quit the series after suffering a horrific knee injury while he was rehearsing for last weekend’s Halloween special  Viewers saw footage of the accident on last Saturday’s show, which saw the 31-year-old collapsed in pain after jumping off a table while practising the jive he and Janette had been supposed to perform last weekend  The injury led to him missing last weekend’s show, with Claudia Winkleman telling the audience: ‘You may have noticed Will and Janette are missing from tonight’s line up  ‘Unfortunately Will suffered a knee injury in training and although he was desperate to take part, after a full medical check he has been told he absolutely cannot perform and must rest ’  While Will had previously expressed hopes he would be back on the dancefloor this weekend, it was confirmed on Wednesdsay that he would be unable to continue    A statement from the BBC confirmed the news, saying: ‘Sadly, due to the injury sustained last week, Will Bayley is leaving Strictly Come Dancing ‘I’m gutted my Strictly journey has had to come to an end,’ Will said in the statement  ‘I’ve loved being part of the show, and am so grateful for the phenomenal support we have received I want to say a special thank you to Janette for believing in me and giving me the confidence to believe in myself The things we achieved, from our Couple’s Choice dance through to the lifts in our Salsa, will stay with me forever I’ve had the time of my life.’  Will, who suffers from arthrogryposis (a rare condition which affects all four of his limbs, causing curved and/or stiff joints and muscle weakness), broke down in tears on It Takes Two on Wednesday, as he also explained that his disability had not been responsible for his injury  ‘I just want people to know that it’s not because I have a disability, I don’t want people to be put off dancing,’ he explained ‘It can happen to anyone, it’s just unlucky.’ Is Will going to be replaced on Strictly Come Dancing? To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video  While fans had called for last week’s eliminated couple Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes Radebe to be reinstated on the show, it’s now been reported that a replacement won’t be brought in for Will and Janette, with sources said to have told The Sun that it’s ‘too late in the process’ to bring someone back  That would mean that this year’s grand final will feature three couples instead of four – as with the series already at the halfway mark it’s unlikely anyone new would be brought in to replace Will either  Although Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing – who also dropped out of the series after injuring his foot during the taping of the launch show – was replaced by Emmerdale’s Kelvin Fletcher, his injury occurred before the start of the live shows, allowing time for Kelvin and Oti Mabuse to train  However it won’t be the first time that only three couples have been in the final – with 2016’s final also being a three-horse race after Will Young dropped out of the competition at an earlier stage  Saturday night’s show will see nine couples take to the ballroom in the wake of Will’s departure     Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One on Saturday night from 7pm.

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