BBC Strictly’s Amanda Abbington won’t return for show final in snub after Giovanni ‘feud’

Amanda Abbington has decided to give the Strictly Come Dancing final a miss, following her early exit from the competition and an alleged 'feud' with Giovanni Pernice.

This means that professional dancer Giovanni Pernice will have to take to the dance floor alone, while the other stars make their return.

After her sudden departure in October, which reportedly left Giovanni "fuming", Amanda broke her silence, stating she had to leave due to "personal reasons". She thanked everyone involved in Strictly but didn't mention Giovanni in her statement. Following this, Giovanni took to Instagram to express his disappointment at his journey being cut short.

This weekend, Ellie Leach, Bobby Brazier and Layton Williams will be battling it out for the Glitterball trophy, with all the previously eliminated stars making a comeback.

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

Giovanni had previously shared a picture of him and Amanda in festive outfits on Instagram, writing: "I am so sad we can't continue but I am proud of what we achieved and I am sending you so much love."

It Takes Two host Fleur East read out a statement from the BBC: "Amanda Abbington is unable to continue in Strictly Come Dancing and has decided to withdraw from the competition. The show wishes her all the best for the future."

Fleur then showed Amanda and Giovanni's best bits on the show, before sending her own well wishes to the actress.

Amanda's partner Jonathan Goodwin made a cryptic post just hours before his girlfriend's exit. He had posted a photo of himself, writing alongside it: "We can be so hard on ourselves…be our own worst critics… But before you judge yourself… make sure your mirror is clean."

He also later shared a reel of him doing a 45 minute hack to make someone more productive. He captioned it: "The 45 minute hack you can use to make you more productive, eliminate any unwanted feeling, behaviour or emotion. It WORKS and you already know about it."

Fans rushed to social media after Strictly confirmed the news on Monday, and sent their well wishes to Amanda and Giovanni. One wrote: "Oh no they were my favourite. So much love to Amanda and Gio," as a second added: "Very sad news for Amanda and Giovanni, they will be missed but health comes first x." A third penned: "Sending lots of love – gutted for them and she was one of my faves."

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