Kevin Clifton gave warning to Strictly bosses year before quitting 'I’d done ...

KEVIN CLIFTON issued a warning to Strictly Come Dancing bosses about quitting the show, the year before he announced his official decision to step down and "chase other things".

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Kevin Clifton, 38, has now shared how he felt it was “the right time” to leave Strictly Come Dancing back in 2018, after winning the series with dance partner and now girlfriend Stacey Dooley. The professional dancer explained that he had accomplished everything he “wanted” during his time in the dance contest, and had warned bosses that “unless” they partnered him with a man, he would be leaving.

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I'd been talking about leaving for a year

Kevin Clifton

Despite the coronavirus pandemic causing theatre closures around the country, Kevin still does not regret his decision to leave the show to pursue a career on stage.

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He said: “I still feel like it was the right time [to leave Strictly]. Strictly Ballroom was sort of the catalyst, but to be honest, I’d been talking to [Strictly] about leaving for about a year.

“On my last year of the show, I said to them, ‘I am thinking about when’s the right time to leave’, because I’d done seven years on the show, and I sort of felt like I’d done everything that I wanted to do on the show."

The star did not want to carry on for the “sake of being on TV” and only wanted to stay if he could try other approaches, such as being placed with a male partner.

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kevin clifton stacey dooley news latest updateKevin Clifton, 38, shared that he felt it was “the right time” to leave Strictly Come Dancing back i (Image: GETTY)

kevin clifton strictly come dancing 2020 quits male partner news latest update Kevin Clifton, 38, has now shared how he felt it was “the right time” to leave Strictly Come Dancing back in 2018, after winning the series with dance partner and now girlfriend Stacey Dooley (Image: GETTY)

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Kevin continued to Huffington Post: “I said to them, ‘If I carry on for an eighth year unless you go down the route of partnering me with a man, it’s sort of going to be a repeat of something I’ve already done’."

A part of the dancer’s motivation to leave Strictly was to explore other avenues, such as appearing in a theatre production.

He added: “I’ve just turned 38, I didn’t want to do it just for the sake of being on TV… and I wanted to try and chase some other things that I

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