Debbie McGee: Strictly star confirms reason for break in hosting duties ‘It is an issue’

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Strictly Come Dancing star Debbie McGee, 61, has been keeping her fans entertained with her new podcast Spill The Tea with Debbie McGee during lockdown, but her latest episode has been delayed due to sound issues.

It is an issue with Covid-19

Debbie McGee’s representative

A representative for the presenter said: “The next podcast will be up shortly but [there] was a delay due to some sound issues.”

Debbie has also been noticeably absent from her weekly slot on her self-titled BBC Radio Berkshire show.

The former magician’s assistant will not be back on the show for the “foreseeable future”.

“She doesn’t work her own desk, it is an issue with Covid-19,” her rep added to


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Despite the delay in her work, Debbie’s rep confirmed she is “all good” health wise.

In the presenter’s latest episode of her podcast, she caught up with former Strictly Come Dancing professional Kevin Clifton, 37.

The dancing duo won the Glitterball trophy on the Christmas special episode last year.

Reflecting on their time together on the show, Kevin said he was not used to the way Debbie worked in rehearsals.

He explained: “It was interesting, when I worked with you, you had your process… you wanted to know all the information from me, you wanted everything I could tell you about the steps and you would write it all down and then you would need 20 minutes [to] half an hour on your own.”

“Yes, I’d say, ‘Go and have a coffee’, she recalled, laughing.

Kevin reiterated Debbie’s remarks, adding: “I had never experienced that before.

“I’ve always been like, ‘Right, you need me 24/7’ but you were like, ‘I need half an hour to process these notes and have a little practise’.”

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The duo triumphed to the top last year after impressing judges with their energetic Quickstep routine to Michael Buble’s Jingle Bells.

Debbie went on to tell the pro she had her winning trophy by her bedside.

She added: “I have the reputation now of being the last person to dance with Kevin Clifton on Strictly.”

Laughing, Kevin replied: “I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, I enjoyed it.”

“Must be so bad working with me,” Debbie replied, also laughing.


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Kevin added: “No, you were so lovely to work with.”

“Yes, we had a blast!” Debbie replied.

Debbie first competed on the show with Giovanni Pernice back in 2017.

The pair made it to the final, but missed out on the winning title to Joe McFadden and Katya Jones.

Kevin announced he had left the show after seven years earlier this year to focus on other work commitments.

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