Bruno Tonioli QUITS Strictly Come Dancing after 18 years to continue judging Dancing With The Stars

Bruno Tonioli QUITS Strictly Come Dancing after 18 years to concentrate on being a judge on US version Dancing With The Stars

Bruno Tonioli has quit Strictly Come Dancing after 18 years.

The Italian choreographer, 66, has been at the heart of the BBC dance show since its 2004 launch, though for the past two years he hasn’t been a regular on the panel due to pandemic travel restrictions amid his filming on Dancing With The Stars. 

And now, it’s been revealed that Bruno will not be coming back to the UK version and will instead concentrate on being a judge on Dancing With The Stars, with a source telling The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden: ‘Bruno has quit the show for good. 

He's off! Bruno Tonioli has quit Strictly Come Dancing after 18 years on the judging panel [pictured on Strictly in 2019]

He’s off! Bruno Tonioli has quit Strictly Come Dancing after 18 years on the judging panel [pictured on Strictly in 2019]

‘He’s going to be a judge only on [the U.S. version] Dancing With The Stars from now on.’

Last year, Bruno was replaced on the UK judging panel Anton Du Beke amid difficulties jetting back and forth between the UK and the US amid Covid travel restrictions.

While the previous year, Bruno appeared via video link due to the same issues.

It was previously suggested by Craig Revel Horwood that Bruno could return to judge alongside Anton, but now it appears that he’ll stay put in the US.

Moving on: Bruno will not be coming back to the UK version and will instead concentrate on being a judge on Dancing With The Stars [pictured with his DWTS co-stars Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Derek Hough]

Moving on: Bruno will not be coming back to the UK version and will instead concentrate on being a judge on Dancing With The Stars [pictured with his DWTS co-stars Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Derek Hough]

Bruno formed part of the original Strictly line-up alongside Craig, Arlene Phillips and his Dancing With The Stars co-star Len Goodman. 

Meanwhile, Anton revealed last month that he ‘hasn’t been told’ whether he is returning to the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel, despite claims he’s set to permanently replace Bruno. 

When Anton wasn’t on the list of professionals when the line-up was announced in April, it was assumed he would be back on the judging panel, but the dancer has insisted this is yet to be confirmed. 

Anton told Sussex Life Magazine: ‘I’m hoping to get a call to say, ‘Look, here you go, come back judging please’. 

Long-term: The Italian choreographer has been at the heart of the BBC dance show since its 2004 launch, though for the past two years he hasn't been a regular on the panel

Long-term: The Italian choreographer has been at the heart of the BBC dance show since its 2004 launch, though for the past two years he hasn’t been a regular on the panel

Replaced: Last year, Bruno was replaced on the UK judging panel Anton Du Beke amid difficulties jetting back and forth between the UK and the US amid Covid travel restrictions

Replaced: Last year, Bruno was replaced on the UK judging panel Anton Du Beke amid difficulties jetting back and forth between the UK and the US amid Covid travel restrictions 

‘But we’ll wait and see. I’d like to think I’d be on the show in one way or another.’

He continued: ‘I wouldn’t like to think they’d just get rid of me altogether. That would be a bit dramatic to go from dancer to judge to off the show. The truth is I haven’t been told.’

The father-of-two confirmed that any reports about him returning are ‘just a rumour’ at the moment.

The star sat in on the famous panel last year alongside regular judges Craig , Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas. 

Farewell: A source told Eden confidential: 'Bruno has quit the show for good. He¿s going to be a judge only on [the U.S. version] Dancing With The Stars from now on' [picture in 2021]

Farewell: A source told Eden confidential: ‘Bruno has quit the show for good. He’s going to be a judge only on [the U.S. version] Dancing With The Stars from now on’ [picture in 2021]

OGs: Bruno formed part of the original Strictly line-up alongside Craig [L], Arlene Phillips [centre] and his Dancing With The Stars co-star Len Goodman

OGs: Bruno formed part of the original Strictly line-up alongside Craig [L], Arlene Phillips [centre] and his Dancing With The Stars co-star Len Goodman

Staying put: Bruno will remain a judge on Dancing With The Stars, which he's been part of since it debuted in 2005

Staying put: Bruno will remain a judge on Dancing With The Stars, which he’s been part of since it debuted in 2005

Anton joined the BBC show in 2004 as a dancer in its first series but has never lifted the Glitterball Trophy in his 18 years partnered with celebrities. 

Recently, Craig reportedly received a telling off by Strictly bosses after telling an audience that Anton is returning as a judge this year while on his All Balls and Glitter Tour. 

A TV insider told The Sun: ‘When Anton wasn’t included on the announced line-up of Strictly pros, it was assumed he’d be back as a judge again.

‘But the BBC said nothing was nailed on yet.

‘Now Craig has blabbed the news and the Beeb aren’t happy — they hadn’t even told Bruno he was being replaced.’ 

Fingers crossed: It comes as Anton Du Beke has said he has yet to be asked to join the Strictly Come Dancing panel but would like to return as a judge for a second series

Fingers crossed: It comes as Anton Du Beke has said he has yet to be asked to join the Strictly Come Dancing panel but would like to return as a judge for a second series 

Replacement: The 55-year-old, stood in for Bruno Tonioli on last year's series when the Italian star was unable to travel to the UK from the US last year due to pandemic

Replacement: The 55-year-old, stood in for Bruno Tonioli on last year’s series when the Italian star was unable to travel to the UK from the US last year due to pandemic

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