Bruno Tonioli has reportedly “ruled out” returning to Strictly Come Dancing in person this year.
The popular judge, 65, has not appeared on the BBC show since 2019 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sources have now claimed that Bruno decided to miss the 2021 series of the BBC1 dance show as well.
Why could Bruno Tonioli personally skip Strictly Come Dancing?
The Los Angeles-based Italian star is also a judge on the US series Dancing with the Stars.
A friend told The sun: “Bruno can’t commit to both shows right now and is staying in LA – it’s a better lifestyle there with great weather, which is good for his health.
“He’s making almost £ 1 million a series in America, so he has to prioritize that.”
The pal added that Bruno is still “part of the Strictly family” and plans to videolink back in a few episodes.
Daily entertainment! asked Bruno’s representative for a comment.
Where was Bruno during Strictly Come Dancing 2020?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bruno was unable to travel from the US to the UK for Strictly Come Dancing last year.
Usually he jumps back and forth across the pond judging Strictly and Dancing with the Stars at the same time.
However, the restrictions on international travel made this too difficult in 2020.
Instead, Bruno appeared weekly via video link to criticize the stars during the Results Show.
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Strictly speaking, the bosses kept his headquarters open and participants were judged by Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.
Anton du Beke made a guest appearance after Motsi had to isolate himself after an emergency trip to Germany.
However, according to The Sun, Strictly bosses aren’t considering replacing Bruno with the pro dancer for the 2021 series.
What did Bruno Tonioli say about his role Strictly 2020?
Bruno has been a Strictly Come Dancing judge since the show started in 2004 and was sad to have missed the 2020 series.
Before starting, he talked about the role that was created especially for him.
During an appearance on Good Morning Britain, Bruno said, “I’m going to watch the show and there will be a small segment on the results show.
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“It’s going to be like a different point of view because I think it wouldn’t be right for me to get involved in the evaluation process because I’m not there.
“The things you see and when [the dancers] are eight feet from you are not all the same when it is a shot, cut in different ways.
“And Craig, Motsi and Shirley all know exactly what they’re doing. So I’m not going to interfere.
“It’s not fair, it’s actually a bit naff. So it will be my overall point of view. “
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