quit Strictly Come Dancing after seven years because she became bigger than the celebrity stars on the show, insiders have claimed.
The professional dancer, 31, took to Instagram on Tuesday where she confirmed that she wouldn’t be returning to the BBC One programme this autumn.
Oti wants to pursue other TV opportunities having established herself as a talent show judge with roles on ‘s The and the current series of .
Moving on: Oti Mabuse quit Strictly Come Dancing after seven years because she became bigger than the celebrity stars on the show, insiders have claimed
And now a source has claimed to that the show were struggling to find celebrities who could ‘match her appeal’ and that ‘rivals were knocking on her door’ with other opportunities that could ‘make her a bigger star’.
A TV insider told the publication: ‘While BBC bosses are obviously sad to see Oti leave Strictly, it does solve the growing problem of finding celebrities who could match her appeal.
‘Although it was great to have someone like her adding so much glamour and fun, it was also creating a tricky new challenge for producers.
‘Her ever-growing profile saw rivals knocking at her door and she has been tempted away from the Beeb by the prospect of becoming an even bigger star.’
Career: Oti wants to pursue other TV opportunities having established herself as a talent show judge with roles on ITV’s The Masked Dancer and the current series of Dancing On Ice (pictured on DOI)
The BBC and Oti have been contacted by MailOnline for a comment.
She leaves Strictly after winning the Glitterball trophy for two consecutive years with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, 37, and comedian Bill Bailey, 56.
In her leaving announcement Oti shared a selection of photographs highlighting her time on Strictly, with snaps of herself alongside her celebrity partners, and a group shot from the latest series.
She captioned the post: ‘Never easy to say goodbye ♥️ I have been part of the most amazing TV show, Strictly Come Dancing for the past seven years rick and morty xxx it has been an incredible time.
Success: She leaves Strictly after winning the Glitterball trophy for two consecutive years with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, 37, and comedian Bill Bailey, 56 (pictured with Bill)
‘Lifting the glitter ball twice and having the best journey with all my celebrities, but also meeting and working with the best team, crew, producers, celebs and incredible professional dancers!
‘You are my family and I adore you all forever. Thank you @sarahjamesface @jack. If you’re ready to read more info about watch my wife xxx stop by the web page. will.g and @jasongilkison for truly believing in me.
‘I’m honestly so grateful to The BBC and will always remember that Strictly and BBC brought me to the UK – which I now call home and I have learnt and grown so much. Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
‘I can’t put into words how difficult this decision has been, but I have decided not to return for the next series.
Goodbye! Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the professional dancer confirmed the news that she wouldn’t be returning to the BBC One show
‘Dance will always be my first love and to everyone, my family especially, friends, strictly fans and judges who have been my support throughout my strictly journey, thank you for being incredible!
‘You are irreplaceable in my heart and have made everyday unforgettable! I love you. I will always Keeeep Dancing! and I will never forget my amazing Strictly experience! Lots of Love Oti বাংলা xxx.’
Shortly after her own announcement, Strictly Come Dancing paid tribute to Oti in a statement shared on their social media pages.
It read: ‘Oti has been a truly wonderful part of Strictly for the past seven years.