Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing has been forced to quit Strictly Come Dancing after suffering an injury prior to the live shows, the BBC has confirmed.
The 30-year-old injured his foot while performing the group dance for this weekend’s launch show, which was pre-recorded.
“Sadly due to an injury, Jamie Laing will no longer be able to take part in this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing,” the broadcaster said in a statement. “As the Strictly launch show is pre-recorded, Jamie will still feature in this programme which airs Saturday, 7th September.”
The BBC said more information will be made available in due course but host Tess Daly said he will be replaced.
“I’m absolutely devastated that I’m unable to continue in the competition, I was so excited to hit the dance floor,” Jamie said. “I would like to wish the lovely couples all the very best and hope they enjoy their time on the show to the fullest.”
Laing was one of 15 celebrities on the new lineup for the new series, which kicks off this weekend with a pre-recorded launch show where the celebrities will be paired with their professional partners.
Strictly Come Dancing launches on Saturday on BBC One.