Rylan Clark-Neal to MISS Strictly: It Takes Two filming

Rylan Clark-Neal is forced to MISS Strictly: It Takes Two filming to self-isolate for two weeks… but reassures fans he’s tested negative for COVID-19

Rylan Clark-Neal has revealed he’ll miss filming for Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two for two weeks after being forced to self-isolate.

The presenter, 32, tweeted a statement telling fans he’d come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and after seeking a test has tested negative himself. 

Rylan has co-hosted It Takes Two with Zoe Ball on alternate days this series, with the pair unable to host the show together due to strict social distancing measures.

Break: Rylan Clark-Neal has revealed he’ll miss filming for Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two for two weeks after being forced to self-isolate

He posted: ‘I found out this week that someone I have been in recent contact with outside of work has tested positive for coronavirus. I am therefore now following the government guidelines and having to self isolate. 

‘I have sought a COVID test and thankfully that has returned a negative result. 

‘That does mean I will miss the next two weeks of Strictly It Takes Two and my BBC Radio 2 Saturday show. 

‘I look forward to being back soon and wish all the couples good luck for this weekend.’

All is well: The presenter tweeted a statement telling fans he’d come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Rylan later clarified that he paid to have a test done privately to ensure there was ‘no immediate risk’ to anyone in his work bubble during Strictly filming.

The star’s isolation also means he’ll be unable to present his Saturday show on BBC Radio 2.

Government guidelines state anyone who has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days. 

Rylan has been presenting It Takes Two with Zoe on various days, with the pair unable to host together this series due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dynamic duo: Rylan has been presenting It Takes Two with Zoe Ball on various days, with the pair unable to host together this series due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Zoe would host the show Mondays through Wednesdays, with Rylan taking over the duties on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Strictly has introduced strict new measures to ensure filming could continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including regular testing and placing the couples in separate ‘bubbles’ so they can train and perform together.

This series has also been the first in the show’s history to air without a live audience after England was plunged into a month-long lockdown. 

Rylan had previously praised Strictly bosses for breaking boundaries by introduced the show’s first ever same-sex pairing with Nicola Adams and Katya Jones.

Two metres! Zoe would host the show Mondays through Wednesdays, with Rylan taking over the duties on Thursdays and Fridays

He described how the show’s inclusive approach is a great step towards embracing the LGBTQ community.

He told MailOnline: ‘It’s really exciting, but I think it will be like Dancing On Ice with Ian “H” Watkins and Matt Evers, in the sense that they were a great addition, but after the first week, their same-sex pairing became the norm. 

‘It’s never been done before on Strictly so it’s going to be a big deal and I think it’s a really good step towards normalising it.

‘There are female couples all over Britain, there are male couples all over Britain. I think it’s just reflecting society and I think it’s a great thing to be doing, so good luck to the pair of them!

‘She [Nicola] will be treated like every other contestant and that’s how it should be. I think it’s a really massive step forward.’ 

Dynamic duo: Rylan had previously praised Strictly bosses for breaking boundaries by introduced the show’s first same-sex pairing with Nicola Adams and Katya Jones (pictured)

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