AJ Pritchard has announced he is leaving Strictly Come Dancing after four years in order to pursue a presenting career.
The professional dancer shared the news with his followers on Twitter, telling them: ‘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’.
His statement 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.
‘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 in his journey.’
‘He is a brilliant dancer who reached three semi-finals during his time on the show.
‘He will be missed by fans and the Strictly family.We wish him all the best for the future.’
AJ had partnered Saffron Barker on 2019’s series of Strictly, and the couple ended up coming in sixth place in the competition.
She commented: ‘Omg i can’t believe i was ur last partner on the show. All the best of luck, you’re going to smash whatever you do!!’
His brother, Curtis Pritchard, is also a dancer but appeared on Love Island in 2019 and has been working on TV projects since.
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