Strictly's Amanda Abbington breaks her silence after 'snubbing' show final amid Giovanni Pernice feud | The Sun

Strictly's Amanda Abbington breaks her silence after 'snubbing' show final amid Giovanni Pernice feud | The Sun

STRICTLY star Amanda Abbington has broken her silence after it was revealed she would be 'snubbing' tonight's final.

It comes after the BBC confirmed the Sherlock actress would not return for the show's swansong, amid speculation she is feuding with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice.


Amanda took to her instagram account today where she shared a snap of the three final couples: Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin, Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola and Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell.

Amanda wrote: "Good luck tonight to these six beautiful humans."

The BBC revealed Amanda would not be returning tonight in a statement earlier this week.

A spokesperson for the show told OK!: "Amanda decided to withdraw from the competition, therefore she will not be returning for the final."

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Nigel Harman also withdrew from the competition this series after sustaining an injury, but he will be attending this evening.

A rep told the Mirror: "Nigel Harman will be returning for the final of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday 16th December, he will be featured in the show alongside other 2023 cast members. He had to leave the competition early due to sustaining an injury, therefore will not be performing in the final."

Meanwhile Giovanni, 33, logged onto social media days after news broke that Amanda will not be returning with the rest of this year's celebrities.

But the Strictly pro has not even acknowledged his former dance partner's snub in his post.

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Instead, Giovanni has gushed to his fans about his latest business venture, which is away from the ballroom.

The Italian dancer has launched his very own fragrance for men and women and described it as a "dream come true".

Giovanni gushed: "My dream come true is finally here!

Following her departure, Giovanni paid tribute to Amanda by sharing a picture of them cuddling in Christmas jumpers on Instagram.

He wrote: "I am so sad we can't continue but I am proud of what we achieved and I am sending you so much love."

But Amanda failed to mention of Giovanni in her statement after leaving for 'personal reasons'. leading fans to speculate there was a rift between them.

Alongside a snap of a pair of worn out dancing shoes, she posted on the social media site: "It is with deepest regret that I had to leave Strictly.

"I did not come to this decision easily or lightly but for personal reasons I am unable to continue."

It was an absolute joy working with my fellow contestants, they are a beautiful, hardworking and talented group of people who I love and who I will miss seeing every Friday and Saturday and competing alongside.

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"I want to thank the incredible Production team and everyone on Strictly who looked after me and who are so kind and caring. It’s a wonderful bunch of people and I’ll miss all of them.

"I’m so sad that I am unable to go any further. Thank you to everyone who voted and who sent wonderful messages and inspiring support. You are all amazing. Truly. Thank you."


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