Zoe Ball to co-host Strictly again this weekend after Claudia Winkleman’s daughter’s Halloween fire accident

It's not yet known when Claudia will be able to return to Strictly


by Anna Lewis |
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Zoe Ball will once again cover for Claudia Winkleman on this weekend’s* Strictly Come Dancing.*

The* It Takes Two* presenter was brought in to co-host with Tess Daly last Saturday (1 November) after Claudia’s daughter Matilda was rushed to hospital with burns after her Halloween costume caught fire.

"Zoe Ball will co-host Strictly Come Dancing this weekend. All our thoughts and very best wishes are with Claudia and her family at this time," a BBC spokesperson said.

Matilda is said to have sustained serious burns after her costume caught fire.

Claudia and Kris
Claudia and Kris

In a statement, Claudia and her film producer husband Kris Thykier, said: “Our daughter was involved in an accident on Friday night while celebrating Halloween.

“She is having the best care possible and we are hopeful of a full recovery.

“We would like to thank everyone that has been so supportive and particularly the NHS doctors, nurse and staff who have been absolutely incredible.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone taking part in fireworks parties or Guy Fawkes celebrations to be vigilant about the dangers of candles, open fires and fireworks and to please have the appropriate safety measures in place and to hand. Thank you.”

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