Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard quits the show after four years

  • Updated: 26 Mar 2020, 15:45

STRICTLY Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard has announced he is leaving the BBC One show after four years on the series.

The Stoke-on-Trent-born star, 25, quit the prime-time juggernaut to focus on personal projects with his brother Curtis, 24, who starred on ITV2'S Love Island last summer.

4 AJ Pritchard revealed today that he is stepping down from Strictly Come DancingCredit: Rex Features

He told fans on social media this afternoon: "I have some news for you all.

"Please see the below statement from my team  also sending my love to everyone in this difficult time, please keep safe. AJ x."

It read: “After four years on Strictly Come Dancing, AJ has decided the time is right to leave the show and follow his dreams to explore opportunities in the presenting world alongside his brother Curtis.

"AJ would like to thank the team at Strictly and everyone at the BBC for giving him such a brilliant opportunity.

4 The pro dancer has been a Strictly favourite for four years
4 He is quitting to pursue presenting opportunities' with his brother CurtisCredit: Instagram/@aj11ace

"AJ would also like to send his love and gratitude to all who have followed and supported his career.

"He is excited for you all to join him on the next chapter of his journey."

Many fans were devastated to see him go, with one replying: "Awww nooooo. Gonna miss my fave dancer on strictly."

In his first year on Strictly in 2016 AJ reached the semi-finals with Olympic artistic gymnast Claudia Fragapane, 22, and came fifth in competition the following year with ex-Saturdays singer Mollie King, 32, and again the next year with British Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman, 27.

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I have some news for you all. Please see the below statement from my team 💙 also sending my love to everyone in this difficult time, please keep safe. AJ x . . “After four years on Strictly Come Dancing, AJ has decided the time is right to leave the show and follow his dreams to explore opportunities in the presenting world alongside his brother Curtis. AJ would like to thank the team at Strictly and everyone at the BBC for giving him such a brilliant opportunity. AJ would also like to send his love and gratitude to all who have followed and supported his career. He is excited for you all to join him on the next chapter of his journey.”

A post shared by A J P R I T C H A R D . (@aj11ace) on Mar 26, 2020 at 7:59am PDT

4 His rep said the 'time was right' for his to leave the BBC hitCredit: Rex Features

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