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Gemma Atkinson speaks out on rumours Gorka has quit Strictly after 7 years

Strictly Come Dancing bombshell Gemma Atkinson has hit out at claims that her partner Gorka Marquez is quitting the BBC dance competition after seven years.

After he and partner Helen Skelton missed out on the Glitterball trophy in the 2022 series, making it the third time Gorka narrowly lost, rumours were rife he was planning on quitting.

But Gemma took to social media to set the record straight, insisting that Gorka wasn't making his seventh year on the show his last.

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She posts a screenshot of a story reporting that Gorka had called it a day, as she added: "Keep being sent this. Wish I hadn't said to all backstage crew 'see you next year' now."

Gemma added: "Obv this isn't true at all! Same as it wasn't true about Gio last year. Merry Christmas!"

After the 2022 series came to an end, Gorka appeared to confirm he would be back for another year in an emotional post to his fans.

He wrote: "Oh… Where to start, It’s has been a incredible journey.

"I feel so grateful I got not only to dance with you @helenskelton but also to be by your side in your own personal journey and see your transformation from day one.

"Thank you for all the memories, laughs, coffees, toast, parent chats, car journeys. Like I said yesterday In the show you’re a special person who light up a room when walks in and I am so proud you got to smile and shine again. I’ve loved every single moment dancing with you and I am so proud of us until the last dance! You’re a star."

After giving a shout out to his fellow finalists, including Hamza Yassin and Jowita Prysztal who won the show, Gorka continued: "Thank you to everyone that works in the show. from production, dance team, cameras, wardrobe, hair& make-up.

"You guys are legends and I am so grateful to be part of the Best show in tele. @sarahjamesface @jack.will.g thank you for your trust in me.

"And to all of you guys! The biggest THANK YOU, because without you we wouldn’t be here and your lovely messages of support means the world. Strictly 23 lets go!!! In the mean time Keep dancing!!"

Strictly's Christmas special will be airing on Christmas Day on BBC.

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