Robert Webb opens up on ‘intense’ and ‘weird’ Strictly Come Dancing experience

Robert Webb has branded Strictly Come Dancing as an "absolutely weird show" and blasted the cameras filming his every move behind the scenes.

The 49 year old comedian pulled out of the popular BBC dance series last week due to a health scare that stemmed from his open-heart surgery two years earlier.

And speaking at the Henley Literary Festival just before quitting the "brutal" show with partner Dianne Buswell, the Peep Show star admitted that competing on Strictly was not the experience he had expected.

"There is always a camera, and there is a camera in the rehearsal room. And it is unnatural as an actor as you want to be in this headspace where you are all trusting each other, and you can do it wrong and be bad in front of your fellow actors and the director, and it does not matter without getting cancelled," he said.

Robert continued: "But I trust the people as they are only there to make you look good, but it is a bit weird having this thing of cameras all the time."

He went on to explain that the "long days" were a "long time to be nice".

Robert's also revealed he struggled with difficult dance routines, which left him on the brink of tears.

"Last week, I could not get it at all, and I was almost weeping as it is so intense. It's like, 'I have got to do this on Saturday. I am never going to do this bit.'"

He said that even though Dianne tried to "simplify" the steps for him, he realised he was "not wired up right as my brain refuses to put this leg over this leg".

In his initial statement revealing that he had left the show, Robert admitted he had "bitten off more than he could chew".

Robert said: "I'm extremely sorry to have to announce that I'm withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health.

"Two years ago I had open-heart surgery, and although I believed I was fit enough to take on Strictly and its demanding schedule, it became clear that I had bitten off way more than I could chew for this stage in my recovery.

"I had begun to feel symptoms that led me to seek an urgent consultation with my heart specialist, and it was her view that it would be better for the sake of my health to step back from the show."

Robert went on to thank his dance partner Dianne and expressed "deep regret" for letting her down.

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