Jamie Laing is forced to quit Strictly Come Dancing due to injury

5 September 2019, 16:07 | Updated: 5 September 2019, 16:13

By Tom Eames

Jamie Laing has had to depart Strictly Come Dancing before stepping foot onto the dancefloor.

The Made in Chelsea has left the BBC One competition before its launch this weekend, due to an injury sustained during rehearsals.

However, because the Strictly launch show is pre-recorded, Jamie will still feature on this Saturday's (September 7) show.

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Executive Producer, Sarah James, said: “We are so sad that Jamie won’t be able to take part in the series, he had already lit up the ballroom during the launch show with his boundless energy and enthusiasm.  We all wish him a full and speedy recovery.”

Jamie Laing
Jamie Laing. Picture: BBC

Jamie himself said: "I’m absolutely devastated that I’m unable to continue in the competition, I was so excited to hit the dance floor!

"I would like to wish the lovely couples all the very best and hope they enjoy their time on the show to the fullest.”

The TV personality had been seen walking about on crutches and wearing a moon boot, after falling awkwardly while practicing the group dance routine.

It has yet to be announced whether Jamie will be replaced by a stand-in celebrity for the 2019 series.