Strictly Come Dancing star Ian Waite quits It Takes Two following Zoe Ball’s exit

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Strictly Come Dancing professional Ian Waite has announced he's quitting his hosting role on It Takes Two.

The 50 year old, who has been on the series for the last 10 years, took to his Instagram feed to announce the news as he shared several snaps of himself.

In the caption, he told his 49,400 followers that he would be focusing on his own ventures as he wrote: "Wow! What a incredible journey.

"It is with great sadness but also a lot of pride that after ten years presenting Waites Warm Up on #ItTakesTwo the sister show to @bbcstrictly I will be putting away my wand to focus on my dance fitness brand Fitsteps and also my up and coming tour with Vincent Simone The Ballroom Boys.

"I want to thank all the amazing crew, make up artists, directors, producers, who made it so enjoyable to come in to work. I feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with Strictly since the first year in 2004 and I will continue to support all my supremely talented fellow pro dancers, judges, celebs and look forward to their performances in 2021.

"This journey would not have been possible without the one and only Zoe Ball who has been the most loyal, loving, caring friend one could wish to have."

"I will miss you the most but know that we will still see each other a lot in the future. Lastly thank you to all our wonderful ITT fans you are the best!" he added with three kissing emojis.

Celebrity friends were quick to comment as Dr Ranj shared three red heart emojis while Emma Barton said: "Oh no…. [crying emoji] You will be missed my darling..," with a a heart eyes emoji.

Oti Mabuse wrote: "Noooooooo what’s happening! @ianjwaite," followed by a cryin emoji as Kevin Clifton shared three red heart emoji.

While Zoe added: "Love you leggy one. See you in a wiggle x".

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