Zoe Ball to stand in for Claudia Winkleman on Strictly after daughter rushed to hospital

The BBC has confirmed Winkleman will not return this weekend

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Zoe Ball will stand in for Claudia Winkleman again on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend after the presenter’s daughter was rushed to hospital on Friday.

The BBC has confirmed Winkleman will not present this weekend’s episodes.

“Zoe Ball will co-host Strictly Come Dancing this week. All our thoughts and very best wishes are with Claudia and her family at this time,” the BBC said in a statement.

Winkleman’s eight-year-old daughter Matilda was rushed to hospital after her Halloween costume caught alight.

In a statement, Winkleman and her husband film producer Kris Thykier said:  “Our daughter was involved in an accident on Friday night while celebrating Halloween. She is having the best care possible and we are hopeful of a full recovery.


“We would like to thank everyone that has been so supportive and particularly the NHS doctors, nurses and staff who have been absolutely incredible.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone taking part in fireworks parties or Guy Fawkes celebrations to be vigilant about the dangers of candles, open fires and fireworks and to be please have the appropriate safety measures in place and to hand.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday 8 November at 6.30pm and Sunday 9 November at 7.45pm.

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