BBC Strictly fans blast ‘stone cold’ bosses as Amanda Abbington snubbed

Strictly: Amanda Abbington withdraws from the show

Strictly Come Dancing has come to an end for another year as Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola were crowned the winners of the show. During a spectacular finale, viewers were treated to some special performances.

Before raising the Glitterball Trophy, Ellie, Layton Williams and Bobby Brazier tackled three routines in a bid to impress viewers at home. Once the performances were over, pop sensation Cher sang a festive special.

During the last episode of the season, BBC fans got to hear some final words from the cast of this year. However, it wasn’t long before people noticed one contestant was missing.

Actress Amanda Abbington decided to withdraw from the competition in week five, despite receiving high scores from the judges. The 51-year-old told fans she was unable to continue with the show due to personal reasons.

Amanda wasn’t the only person who withdrew from the show as actor Nigel Harman had to bow out due to medical reasons. Although he was seen in the grand finale, unlike Amanda.

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Fans of the show quickly took to Twitter to share their thoughts of Amanda’s notable absence, with the actress getting little recognition.

@anitathetweeter said: “Amanda Abbington not taking part. Stone cold.”

@juliuscaesario added: “They’ve missed Amanda Abington off the montage.”

@hannahfox83 questioned: “Where is Amanda?”

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@HumanGayMale quipped: “Not watched #StrictlyComeDancing for years but #StrictlyFinal is on where I am tonight. Was about to ask if they had completely erased Amanda Abbington having ever been part of it. But then there was a whole 4-second clip before quickly moving on.”

@Michele__Walker asked: “Have they fallen out with Amanda? Nowhere to be seen @bbcstrictly #StrictlyFinal.”

With @robjh44 tweeting: “#StrictlyFinal so Amanda completely snubbed from the final.”

Despite Amanda not being part of the grand finale, she did get a mention when a segment of the show featured some kind words from people across the UK.

One fan said: “Amanda was one of the reasons I started watching the show.”

Another viewer added:”Her and Giovanni [Pernice] were amazing!”

A spokesperson from BBC told “Amanda decided to withdraw from the competition, therefore she did not be return for the final.”

Strictly Come Dancing is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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