Oti Mabuse quits Strictly Come Dancing after 7 years
"I can't put into words how difficult this decision has been."
Ballroom professional Oti Mabuse has announced her departure from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing after seven years on the show.
The dancer took to Instagram to share the news that she won't be back for another season.
She shared a series of highlights from the past seven years and wrote: "Never easy to say goodbye. I have been part of the most amazing TV show, Strictly Come Dancing for the past seven years and it has been an incredible time.
"Lifting the glitter ball twice and having the best journey with all my celebrities, but also meeting and working with the best team, crew, producers, celebs and incredible professional dancers! You are my family and I adore you all forever."
She continued: "I’m honestly so grateful to The BBC and will always remember that Strictly and BBC brought me to the UK – which I now call home and I have learnt and grown so much. – Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
"I can’t put in to words how difficult this decision has been, but I have decided not to return for the next series.
"Dance will always be my first love and to everyone, my family especially, friends, strictly fans and judges who have been my support throughout my strictly journey, thank you for being incredible! You are irreplaceable in my heart and have made everyday unforgettable! I love you.
"I will always Keeeep Dancing! and I will never forget my amazing Strictly experience! Lots of Love Oti xxx."
Strictly also announced the star's departure in an official statement which read: "Oti has been a truly wonderful part of Strictly for the past seven years.
— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly) February 22, 2022
"Her energy, creativity and talent have contributed to so many of the show’s most memorable moments and she will be hugely missed, not only by viewers but by the entire team.
"She leaves a dazzling legacy behind her, as the only professional dancer to lift the Glitterball Trophy in two consecutive years."
They added: "We couldn’t be prouder of Oti and what she has achieved.
"She will always be at the very heart of our Strictly family and we wish her every success in her already bright future."