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John Sergeant quits Strictly Come Dancing

John Sergeant has decided to quit Strictly Come Dancing over fears he might win the whole show. The former political correspondent released a statement through the BBC: "The trouble is that there is now a real danger that I might win the competition. Even for me that would be a joke too far."

Despite being slammed each week by the show's judges, Sergeant had the support of the public who voted to keep the him in the competition. But the journalist decided that it was better for the Strictly's other contestants if he left the show.

"We had fun dancing and dancing is a wonderfully enjoyable thing, but if the joke wears thin, if people begin to take things very seriously and if people are getting so wound up that is very difficult to carry on the joke, then it is time to go."

The 64-year-old had come under increased fire this week from Judge Arlene Phillips. She accused Sergeant of reading the newspaper while the other contestants practised their routines, but that news will only endear him even more to Joe Public. Heartbroken Strictly fans will be able to see John and Kristina perform a farewell dance on Saturday. Have a listen to John's farewell press conference, only a political correspondent could give such a great analylis.

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