Kevin Clifton has announced he is leaving Strictly Come Dancing after 7 years.
The pro dancer revealed the news on his Instagram in a post that thanked the BBC and the show for the opportunity.
Kevin has been part of the show since 2013 and last won in 2018 with his partner Stacey Dooley.
In his seven years he made 5 finals and in the most recent series he won the Children In Need trophy and the Christmas Special.
In the Instagram post he said the time had come to move on and he wanted to leave on a high.
"To me Strictly always has been and always will be the best show on tv and has been an absolute dream and honour to be a part of.
Pre 2013 I used to watch every week. Now I look forward to returning to being a fan and cheering on my friends who keep dancing."
You can check out the full post below.
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To the entire Strictly family, The past 7 years have been some of the most wonderful years of my life. I am grateful to the BBC and Strictly Come Dancing for giving me the opportunity. To have been a part of something truly special. Since first being called ‘Kevin From Grimsby’ by Sir Bruce Forsyth in 2013 I have experienced the highs of 5 finals, winning a Guinness World record on It Takes Two, the Strictly Arena tour glitterball and then the ultimate of winning the 2018 series with Stacey Dooley. After finishing last series with the Children In Need trophy and the Christmas Special I want to leave on a high and have therefore decided the time has come to move on and focus on other areas of my life and career. I want to thank all of the pros for inspiring me every day as well as all of my celebrity partners. The whole team behind the scenes have made always made the Strictly family what it is and the loveliest show to work for. Thank you to anyone who has ever voted for me and my partners. It means the world. And a special thank you to Jason Gilkison for always believing in me. To me Strictly always has been and always will be the best show on tv and has been an absolute dream and honour to be a part of. Pre 2013 I used to watch every week. Now I look forward to returning to being a fan and cheering on my friends who keep dancing. Kevin Clifton