Robert Webb reveals he will miss Strictly final and insists he has no bad feeling towards show

Robert Webb has confirmed he won’t be returning to the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor for the final this weekend.

The actor, 49,withdrew from the competition in October for the sake of his health, but had not yet confirmed whether he would be making an appearance in the final with the other previously eliminated contestants.

The hit BBC One show usually features eliminated contestants that were voted out earlier in the series return for one last dance during the final ahead of one couple being crowned the winners.

However, Rob has now confirmed via Instagram that he won’t be appearing on the final, which is due to be broadcast this Saturday 18 December.

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Posting an image of himself and former dance partner Dianne Buswell, Rob wrote: "Hullo! I seem to have switched from public to private mode and one of the effects of this is people will inevitably find their own ways to interpret my "silence".

"It isn’t really silence, of course. It’s just doing other stuff. But I thought I ought to pipe up because I won’t be in the group dance of the Strictly final this Sat and I didn’t want my absence (or my "silence" about it) to be taken as evidence of any kind of bad feeling towards the show.

"My love for Strictly is a season that is forever summer. However, the producers understood that when I had to stop, I had to stop completely. Dianne & Joe came over for lunch a few weeks ago and m’partner gets it. If I gave out a few more details about what the show had been doing to me physically & mentally, you wouldn’t be surprised that the offer of one more dance was politely declined.

"More generally, I’m sorry that my departure b******d up the format so there are only 3 couples in the final (a lot of angry Rhys fans out there – guys, you do know that if I’d tried to do week 4 but had then dropped dead during the show, it would *still* be a three-couple final, yeah?)

"So anyway, the headlines are: sorry about everything, I’m not doing the thing, I’m fine now btw, and do enjoy the final which will obviously be brilliant because they’re all brilliant. See ya! x."

Robert announced in October that he had pulled out of Strictly Come Dancing for the sake of his health, admitting he had "bitten off more than he could chew", two years after having open heart surgery.

Robert said in a statement at the time: "I’m extremely sorry to have to announce that I’m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health.

"Two years ago I had open heart surgery and although I believed I was fit enough to take on Strictly and its demanding schedule, it became clear that I had bitten off way more than I could chew for this stage in my recovery.

"I had begun to feel symptoms that led me to seek an urgent consultation with my heart specialist, and it was her view that it would be better for the sake of my health to step back from the show."

He continued: "I’m proud of the three dances that Dianne Buswell and I managed to perform and deeply regret having to let her down like this. I couldn’t have wished for a more talented partner or more patient teacher, and it’s a measure of Dianne’s professionalism and kindness that I was able to get as far as I did.

"Thanks too to everyone at home who voted for us. It was always going to be a difficult mountain to climb (for one thing it’s made of glitter so it’s very skiddy) and I’ve been especially touched by the support from fellow heart patients.

"I think perhaps I was too eager to impress them. They will know that recovery doesn’t always go in a straight line, and I hope they’re not too disappointed that I ran into the limits of my resilience much sooner than I’d hoped.

"I leave knowing that Strictly viewers are in very safe hands and I’ll be cheering for my brother and sister contestants all the way to Christmas. Despite this sad ending, it has been a genuine honour to be part of this huge, joyful and barking mad TV show. Long may it continue.”

Robert was partnered up with Dianne who wished him a "speedy recovery" and said she was lucky to "call him a friend".

The pair danced together in the programme for three weeks which included a tango and a quickstep to the Muppet Show theme tune where they scored 25 out of a possible 40.

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