Strictly Claudia Winkleman forced to hand over hosting job as she gives sad news

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    Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman was left red-faced this weekend as she was forced to hand over the hosting reins to her co-star after delivering a blow to Fleur East and Vito Coppola.

    After dancing the jive, the pair were up in the booth with Claudia to hear the judges' scores.

    But it all went south as Claudia wrongly informed the pair that they were joint first on the leaderboard – despite it not being the truth.

    READ MORE: Kym Marsh forced to pull out of BBC Strictly after testing positive for Covid

    "Joint top of the leaderboard!" Claudia congratulated the pair.

    But it wasn't for long, as she later corrected herself: "I'm so sorry, I'm not good at maths. Joint second of the leaderboard, which is actually more glamorous."

    Looking embarrassed, she forged ahead: "Enjoy that place. You can get involved with all things on Strictly…" before turning to Will Mellor and begging him: "Will, you take over because I can't do this properly."

    Will told viewers where to follow the show on social media before joyfully adding: "Over to you, Tess!" to whoops from the audience.

    A taken-aback Tess Daly responded: "Aww, thank you Will Mellor!"

    It comes as fans were "stressed" about Claudia's rather short frock, which she kept tugging down to avoid a wardrobe malfunction.

    Taking to Twitter, one fan penned: "Stop pulling your skirt down Claudia – should’ve worn a longer one if you’re going to keep tugging at it!"

    Someone else said: "I can tell already that the secondhand stress of Claudia’s ridey uppy skirt is going to bother me throughout #Strictly."

    As a third fan said: "Claudia is wearing the kind of dress you spend all night pulling down the skirt of."

    Another quickly followed up: "She's already given it a good tug or two!"

    Saturday saw a slightly shorter episode than usual, as Corrie star Kym Marsh was forced to miss out due to a Covid-19 diagnosis.

    A spokesperson confirmed: "Kym Marsh has tested positive for Covid-19.

    "As a result, Kym and Graziano will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

    "Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.”


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