Strictly Come Dancing legend 'making major career move' away from BBC series co-star

strictly come dancing legend 'making major career move' away from bbc series co-star

Claudia Winkleman is believed to be making a break from screen presenting partner Tess Daly… behind the scenes, at least (Picture: REUTERS)

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman is rumoured to be leaving her showbiz agency YMA in a major career move – leaving co-host Tess Daly behind.

Claudia, 52, is believed to be cutting ties with the company after being on their books for ten years.

According to journalist Alison Boshoff, via the Daily Mail, it is said that she will be heading to Little Arrow Management Limited – a new firm which was set up earlier this year.

Documents filed at Companies House reportedly reveal two directors, including Claudia’s husband Kirs Thykier and her former YMU agent, Holly Bott.

As one of the BBC’s highest-paid presenters, she is believed to earn £150,000 a year for presenting Strictly Come Dancing – with additional income coming in from her duties on The Traitors and Channel 4’s The Piano.

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In joining Little Arrow, she would leave behind Strictly presenting partner Tess, 55, who is also represented by YMU.

strictly come dancing legend 'making major career move' away from bbc series co-star

Claudia and Tess have hosted Strictly together since 2014 (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Tess first began hosting the popular celebrity dancing competition in 2008, along with original host Bruce Forsyth.

She was later joined by Claudia in 2014, one year after the late presenter stepped back from his duties. The pair have continued to host together ever since then.

Strictly will return for the show’s 22nd series in September this year, with the pair expected to host once more.

strictly come dancing legend 'making major career move' away from bbc series co-star

TV icon Claudia is one of the BBC’s highest-paid presenters (Picture: Getty)

Meanwhile, Claudia recently revealed that she had been harboring second thoughts about hosting future series of The Traitors.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain in April, Claudia described how she would have been happy to see the show end at its first series.

‘I was reluctant to do the second, and now I’m extra reluctant to do the third,’ she said.

‘Like guys, just leave it! It did okay, just leave it.’

strictly come dancing legend 'making major career move' away from bbc series co-star

Claudia has opened up about her reticence to make another series of The Traitors (Picture: BBC)

Regardless, the BBC pressed ahead with plans for a third series, with applications closing for contestants earlier this year.

The aftermath of this year’s second series saw Traitor Harry Clark walk away from the game with a jackpot of £95,150.

Following his ruthless win, it is also believed that a celebrity version of the show could start filming soon – as soon as the third series wraps, in fact.

strictly come dancing legend 'making major career move' away from bbc series co-star

The Celebrity version of The Traitors is expected to start filming soon (Picture: BBC)

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According to Alison, the star-studded spin-off could get underway as soon as this month – with no changes to the already-successful format.

‘The plan is to shoot them pretty much back to back, so at the moment it is just a question of having to be very nice to Claudia Winkleman, so she agrees to spend twice as much time up in Scotland,’ Studio Lambert boss Stephen Lambert told the journalist.

‘We are very much going to make a series which is just like The Traitors, apart from the fact the contestants will be celebrities. We are in the process of finalising everything with the BBC,’ he added.

Metro.co.uk has approached Claudia’s reps for comment.

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