Discussing his exit, Richie explained: “As a Strictly fan, I’ve all the time considered it as being this magical thing to be a component of and being here, it truly is.
“And it isn’t just the those who you see on camera just like the judges, and also you and Claudia, however the people behind the scenes in hair, makeup, everybody.”
Turning to his dance partner, Richie added: “I also need to thank this guy as well.
“He’s just been so amazing, and I fell so lucky that I even have been capable of dance with you daily.”
Express.co.uk has reached out to the BBC for comment.
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One.