Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood talks Oti Mabuse exit: 'It's brilliant news'

Oti quit after seven years

Craig Revel Horwood has shared his reaction to the news that Oti Mabuse has decided to leave Strictly after seven years on the show.

MORE: Inside the Strictly Come Dancing judges' fabulous homes

Appearing on This Morning, judge Craig was asked about Oti's departure – and gave her his full support.

Loading the player...

WATCH: Oti Mabuse reveals major diet change

"That's fantastic. I think this is brilliant news," Craig, 57, said. "I mean she's becoming a huge star in her own right. I think that is the way to treat the business. There's only so long you can actually spend in one show."

READ: Oti Mabuse announces departure from Strictly Come Dancing

MORE: Strictly stars share heartbroken reactions after Oti Mabuse leaves show

He reasoned: "You just don't want to do the same role for seven years. I think it's the best move that she'll ever make.

Craig raved about Oti during his appearance on This Morning

"She's fantastic as a presenter and I just love her… She's just brilliant. And I will miss having the odd dance with her because, of course, she's [among] the tallest pros that we have, so I always have to dance with her."

READ: Motsi Mabuse hints at sister Oti’s future as she quits Strictly Come Dancing

MORE: Dancing on Ice's Oti Mabuse's unexpected home gym where she stays fit – see inside

Craig concluded: "I will miss her, but I will get to see her on the telly every day."

Oti confirmed her decision to leave Strictly after seven years

In a statement confirming the reasons behind her exit, Oti, 31, said: "Never easy to say goodbye. I have been part of the most amazing TV show, Strictly Come Dancing for the past seven years and it has been an incredible time.

READ: Strictly's Giovanni Pernice pens Rose Ayling-Ellis the sweetest message

MORE: Giovanni Pernice's deep connection with Rose Ayling-Ellis explained

"Lifting the glitter ball twice and having the best journey with all my celebrities, but also meeting and working with the best team, crew, producers, celebs and incredible professional dancers! You are my family and I adore you all forever.

Pictured with her final Strictly partner, Ugo Monye

"I can't put into words how difficult this decision has been, but I have decided not to return for the next series. Dance will always be my first love and to everyone, my family especially, friends, Strictly fans and judges who have been my support throughout my Strictly journey, thank you for being incredible!

"You are irreplaceable in my heart and have made everyday unforgettable! I love you. I will always Keeeep Dancing! And I will never forget my amazing Strictly experience!"

Like this story? Sign up to our HELLO! Mail newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

You're on HELLO!'s global site. Click to return to HELLO! India Go back