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Robert Webb confirms he won't star on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing final

Robert Webb has confirmed that he won't be taking part in the group dance on the upcoming final of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

The 49-year-old was partnered with professional dancer Dianne Buswell, 32, in the BBC competition series but withdrew just a few weeks in as a result of "ill health."

It was rumoured this week that he wouldn't return for the final on Saturday (December 18) - with the previously voted out participants usually taking part in a group dance.

The upcoming final will see AJ Odudu, John Whaite and Rose Ayling-Ellis compete for the Glitterball trophy.

Robert has now confirmed that he won't feature in the group dance though, sharing the news on Instagram today.

Robert was partnered with Dianne Buswell (Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire)
The couple took part in three shows before withdrawing (Guy Levy/BBC)

He wrote: "Hullo! I seem to have switched from public to private mode and one of the effects of this is people will inevitably find their own ways to interpret my 'silence.'"

"It really isn't silence of course. It's just doing other stuff but I thought I ought to pipe up because I won't be in the group dance of the Strictly final this [Saturday]," he continued.

The Peep Show actor then told his followers: "I didn't want my absence (or my 'silence' about it) to be taken as evidence of any kind of bad feeling towards the show.

"My love for Strictly is a season that is forever summer. However, the producers understood that when I had to stop, I had to stop completely."

Robert and Dianne performed a Cha-Cha-Cha in the first week (Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire)

Robert explained that he recently had lunch with his former dance partner Dianne and her boyfriend Joe Sugg, adding: "M'partner gets it."

He said: "If I gave out a few more details about what the show had been doing to me physically and mentally, you wouldn't be surprised that the offer of one more dance was politely declined."

He then addressed criticism that his withdrawl from the show meant only three couples are now in the final - with semi-finalist Rhys Stephenson missing out on a place.

"I'm sorry that my departure buggered up the format so there are only 3 couples in the final," he wrote in the post.

Robert shared a photo of this lunchbox alongside his lengthy post (Robert Webb/instagram)
Robert withdrew from the competition due to 'ill health' (BBC/Ray Burmiston)

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He added: "Angry Rhys fans out there - you guys, you do know that if I'd tried to do week 4 but had then dropped dead during the show, it would *still* be a three-couple final, yeah?"

Robert continued: "So anyway, the headlines are: sorry about everything, I'm not doing the thing, I'm fine now btw."

Cocluding the post, he wrote: "And do enjoy the final, which will obviously be brilliant because they're all brilliant. See ya!"

You can watch the final of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night from 7pm on BBC One.

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