Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly has announced that she is leaving her BBC Children in Need telethon presenting role after 11 years.
The presenter has been a regular face on the annual BBC Children in Need event for over a decade, but she has now revealed that she'll be stepping down from the show.
Tess shared a series of photos of herself working on Children in Need, including a snap of her with the charity's yellow bear mascot Pudsey and another of her hugging her late co-host Terry Wogan.
Alongside the photos, she announced her decision to quit, writing: "For the past 11 years I've had the great privilege of presenting Children in Need alongside brilliant presenters and an amazing team.
"Pudsey and what he represents will always hold a special place in my heart but it's time to pass the presenting baton over as the show reaches its amazing 40-year milestone. That's four decades of the British public donating and heroically fundraising over £1bn towards changing children's lives for the better."
However, she won't be cutting all ties with the charity as she confirmed that she will "continue to work alongside some of the vitally important projects that this extraordinary charity supports".
Her Strictly co-host Claudia Winkleman responded to the post with a string of heart emojis while presenter Kate Thornton wrote, "You'll be missed x".
Actress and presenter Tillie Amartey, who co-starred with Tess in Almost Never, commented: "Ahhhhh we will miss that gorgeous face with Pudsey ... well done on such an amazing 11 years."
Tess will be reuniting with Claudia for the next series of Strictly, which is due to begin this autumn.
The 12 celebrity contestants for the latest series were confirmed last week, with the line-up including Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing – who is returning after being forced to pull out of last year's series due to an injury – plus EastEnders actress Maisie Smith and Men Behaving Badly star Caroline Quentin.
It was also confirmed that the show will feature its first same-sex competitive pairing, with Olympic and world champion boxer Nicola Adams set to dance with a female professional dancer.
Strictly Come Dancing will return for an all-new series later this year on BBC One.
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