Strictly Come Dancing star Motsi Mabuse has hinted that Bruno Tonioli will not be replaced as he is forced to miss the next series.
The BBC judge is forced to miss the dancing competition this year, which airs on Saturday nights, when it returns in the autumn.
Bruno is having to miss the next season because of other commitments with American show Dancing With The Stars – for which he is also a judge.
However, his co-star and fellow judge Motsi has massively hinted during a chat with Hello! magazine that Bruno will not be replaced when the show returns.
She told the publication: "I think everybody has a special spot on the judging panel and Bruno is not replaceable."
Motsi added: "We all have to adjust. [Remote judging] may be an aspect of the show that we never knew was missing.
"We will have to see what works as we go."
Bruno has said that he is hoping to make the four final episodes.
He is hopeful that he will be able to judge the final and the semi final, but only if Covid-19 restrictions allow him due to travelling.
He told The Sun earlier this month: "I absolutely adore being part of Strictly and can’t wait to see what incredible dancing this year has in store!
"Lockdown has resulted in me being in LA for the foreseeable, but I’m excited to be involved as much as I possibly can. There was no cha-cha-chance I’d miss out!"
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The juggernaut’s show executive producer Sarah James added: "I’m overjoyed that we’ve found a way for Bruno to be part of this year’s Strictly.
"His passion and enthusiasm are such a big part of the show, I’m thrilled we can continue to deliver that to audiences this year."
Bruno also said he would like Chery to have the job if he couldn't make it back.
He told The Sun: "If Cheryl does end up doing it there would be nothing wrong with that. She’s a lovely girl. I like her.
"Of course she’s not me, but we’re all different. We all have different things to offer but I’ve heard nothing concrete."
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