Strictly's Bruno Tonioli quits show as Anton du Beke joins permanently

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Strictly Come Dancing spoilers follow.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli has quit the show, with Anton du Beke joining full-time.

Bruno announced on Thursday's (May 19) One Show that travel commitments to film Dancing with the Stars on Disney+ in the US will make it impossible for him to be in the UK for Strictly next series.

The BBC has subsequently tweeted confirmation that Bruno's replacement from last year, Anton du Beke, will join the panel full-time this year with Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.

Bruno explained on the BBC chatshow that fans should "never count [him] out" to return to the show at a later date or take part in the live tour.

"Anton, you've done a fantastic job, you deserve it. It's a 10 from me," Bruno said while holding up his judging panel. "Carry on, do me proud but you've already done it anyway."

The veteran Strictly judge also shared his support for the new-look judging panel, saying: "Shirley my love, you'll be much safer with Anton next to you, no more bruising from me [laughs]. Motsi, don't worry about Craig he's only jealous because he cannot wear your clothes.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

"And Craig, well, well it's Craig isn't it. I actually adore him, he's actually more fun than me behind the scenes."

He added: "The panel was so good last year and it worked, so I think they're going to be fantastic and they have all my support, but I miss the audience more than ever so hopefully we'll do something else."

As mentioned, it was announced earlier this year that Dancing with the Stars will be leaving ABC after 17 years to become a live show for Disney+, in a first for the streaming service.

Bruno judges DWTS in the US with former Strictly Come Dancing star Len Goodman, Derek Hough and Carrie Ann Inaba. The new season is expected to premiere on Disney+ this autumn.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One.

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