Will Bayley speaks out after leaving Strictly Come Dancing due to injury


The Paralympic table tennis champion had to pull out of the BBC Latin and Ballroom competition this week after doctors ruled he couldn't continue due to his anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee, which he suffered when he fell last Saturday (26.10.19) and was ruled out of that evening's show.

The chef and her professional partner Aljaz Skorjanec were given the boot after losing out in the dance-off to BBC Breakfast's Mike Bushell and his partner Katya Jones in Sunday's results show.

"But it's so good to be here to support everyone".

"I feel like I've had the most support through this process, so the least I can do is come back to support you. I just want to do my own thing".

"But I will be there for Tokyo".

"Strictly has been an incredible experience and I've loved every minute of it but Tokyo 2020 is my priority and I don't want to risk further injury by continuing on the show", Bayley said.

"If there was any way I could dance I promise I would be out there giving it my best shot, but it's impossible for me".

Once the judges had made their decision, host Tess Daly asked Emma about her time on the show.

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"Thank you, I want to be friends forever because you're just incredible".

Strictly Come Dancing professional Katya Jones has quit social media in the wake of the backlash she and dance partner Mike Bushell faced when they were saved from last week's elimination.

"From day one in rehearsals, your dedication, to go from a non-performer, non-dancer, to achieve what you achieved on this show, I'm lucky it was me that taught you how to dance".

"The things we achieved, from our couple's choice dance, through to the lifts in our salsa, will stay with me forever".

"The support I have had from the public has been overwhelming and I would never have expected so much", he said.

Will suffered his injury on the day of the live show last Saturday, when he was rehearsing his jive with Janette.

Appearing on spin-off It Takes Two, Weymouth said being on the BBC programme had been a "wonderful" experience.