Strictly's Claudia Winkleman told bosses she would QUIT show to be with son on first day at uni

STRICTLY presenter Claudia Winkleman called BBC bosses and told them she would quit this year’s show so she could be with her son on his first day at university.

The distraught mum-of-three, due to co-host with Tess Daly, thought the day clashed with her eldest, Jake, leaving home.

Claudia told the Women’s Hour podcast: “I phoned the boss of Strictly quite dramatically and said, through tears, ‘Sarah I love you,

"I don’t want to leave Strictly and Tess and I have agreed we will leave together when they’re done with us, but if the first show is September 13, I’m out and you’ll have to go with somebody else.’

“And there was a beat. And she said, ‘Quite dramatic. We don’t start that week.’

“I was like ‘Alright’. I have to go and put up his posters. It’s not that I love him more than others love their kids, but this is something parents have to go through.”


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