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Tarbuck forced to drop out of TV show

Jimmy Tarbuck has been forced to drop out of Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health, it was confirmed today.

The 66-year-old entertainer has been advised by doctors to drop out of the BBC1 show.

"I'm absolutely devastated that I can no longer take part in Strictly Come Dancing," Tarbuck said.

"I really wanted to dance on the show this week, but I have to take the advice of the doctors, who have told me I need to rest.

"I would like to thank my wonderful partner Flavia who has taught me so much and been patient in trying to turn this old cart-horse into a proper dancer. I will really miss training with her."

Tarbuck added: "I will continue to enjoy watching the show and will be there in person on Saturday to see how my fellow contestants are shaping up now their hottest competition is out of the way!"

Tarbuck was reportedly diagnosed with high blood pressure during the middle of last week and was unable to appear in Saturday night's show.

A BBC spokesman said: "Regretfully, Jimmy Tarbuck will no longer be taking part in the rest of Strictly Come Dancing due to health reasons.

"Following a doctor's assessment this week, Jimmy, the doctors and the BBC have come to the decision that for the good of Jimmy's health he should no longer take part."