BBC newsreader Huw Edwards turns down Strictly over general election prediction

Newsreader Huw Edwards  will miss Strictly Come Dancing – because a general election is likely by December.

The BBC anchorman admitted he had been asked to appear on the award-winning BBC One show.

And the 57-year-old, who revealed earlier this year he had lost 3st, had been “gauging public opinion” over whether to accept.

Edwards, who fronts BBC One’s flagship News at Ten, said: “Despite all appearances, I am quite shy.”

But during an interview with Radio 2’s Steve Wright, the DJ told him he should go for it.

Wright joked he would pay good money to see him doing a tango.

But Edwards, who went from 16st to 13st by using a new boxing fitness regime, has now been forced to rethink.

One source said: “Huw has got himself in great shape and really wanted to do it.

“But he realised that if a general election was called, his day job would just be too enormous.

“He wouldn’t have time to train and his mind would be on other matters.”

Dad-of-five Huw, is not the only big name to complete a U-turn. Former Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, 53, announced in December he had said ‘Yes”.

But he has since pulled out because of a knee injury.

Comic Alan Carr, 43, said he “will do it” but it turns out he is “very busy” and will not be on the new series in September.

Edwards, 57, says he undergoes a gruelling suspension training schedule, as well as twice weekly boxing sessions that have helped him keep off the three stone he lost – taking him to 13 stone.

But he’s saddened that the volume of fanmail he receives has gone down too. “I don’t get fan mail anymore though.

"Letters don’t come. I used to have a bundle of mail to open every week.”

Edwards has been working with boxing champ Clinton McKenzie on a strict exercise programme and revealed that BBC  weather  presenter Carol Kirkwood receives more fan mail than he does.

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