STRICTLY legend Bruno Tonioli has admitted he’s bowing out after 18 years because it “got too much” para él.
The 66-year-old devastated fans by quitting as a judge anoche – and has now told The Sun his exhausting travel schedule is to blame.
But the ten-hour flight between Los Angeles and London took its toll on the Italian dancer, quien dice: “I’m done”.
“I just can’t do it anymore,” él agregó.
“Going back and forth was too much.”
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Fan favourite Bruno has missed the last two series of Strictly Come Dancing after Covid travel rules prevented him from flying between the US and UK.
Now pro-dancer Anton will be a permanent fixture on the panel as he takes over from Bruno.
Delivering his verdict on his replacement, Bruno added: “Anton is brilliant. He will be brilliant.”
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As news of his departure was announced on The One Show last night, Bruno explained he had to make a choice between Strictly and Dancing with the Stars.
Él dijo: “Dancing with the Stars has moved onto Disney+ and will be streaming live. It’s a big deal, it’s very very exciting.
“And because of the travel situations I can’t guarantee that I am going to be there because anything can happen.
“Last year I changed my ticket every week – they need continuity. I absolutely support them, it’s my decision.”
Él agregó: “Anton has done a fantastic job. He deserves to be on that seat.”
Bruno has been a judge on Dancing with the Stars – the American spin-off of Strictly – since its launch in 2005.
Meanwhile Anton has been a pro-dancer on Strictly since its launch in 2004.
He finished as a runner-up with celeb partner Emma Barton in series 17 and last with Susannah Constantine the year before.
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He has worked alongside former Strictly head judge Len Goodman and American TV personality Carrie Ann Inaba.
Winners of the series include Nicole Scherzinger and Donny Osmond.