Rylan will miss two weeks of Strictly: It Takes Two due to coronavirus

Jen Crothers
·2-min read
Photo credit: Ray Burmiston - BBC
Photo credit: Ray Burmiston - BBC

From Good Housekeeping

Rylan Clark-Neal has been forced to stop working for a fortnight after someone he'd come into contact with tested positive for coronavirus.

Thankfully he's since had a negative test result for the virus, but as Government and NHS guidelines dictate, he must self-isolate for 14 days. Sadly, it means he won't be able to do his BBC Radio 2 show, or present Strictly: It Takes Two with Zoe Ball.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

He broke the news to fans this morning, explaining: "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."

He revealed he hadn't had an NHS test after some commenters questioned his decision to have one: "I’d just like to add seeing some of your comments, I paid privately to have a test to make sure there was no immediate risk to my work bubbles. Stay safe"

Zoe will continue to present It Takes Two on her own until Rylan is out of the isolation period.

The iconic Alison Hammond covered for Rylan on Radio 2 for three weeks earlier this year, and we'd be THRILLED if she stepped in again.

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