Dame Arlene Phillips thinks Oti Mabuse was right to quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' to pursue other projects.

Dame Arlene Phillips supports Oti Mabuse's decision to exit Strictly

Dame Arlene Phillips supports Oti Mabuse's decision to exit Strictly

The former musical theatre choreographer - who previously appeared as a judge on BBC ballroom favourite – supported Oti’s decision to exit the show as a professional dancer after her debut as a judge on ITV’s rival show ‘Dancing On Ice’ as she believes the star has outgrown the shows.

Arlene, 78, told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “It absolutely is the right time now for Oti to leave.

“She won’t just jump and do things because they are there.

“She will choose the career she wants. Oti is now in the right time and at the right place.

"Her career is flourishing and it should do. She is amazing and she has an amazing personality.

“She is funny and works, works, works. I say congratulations, Oti. The world is now her oyster.

“Hard work pays off in the end. You have got to put the years in...you have to take the s*** jobs to build up.”

Oti, 31, confirmed her departure from the programme last week and she is set to be replaced by Polish professional Jowita Pryzstal.

She wrote on Instagram: “Never easy to say goodbye. I have been part of the most amazing TV show, 'Strictly Come Dancing' for the past seven years and it has been an incredible time.

“Lifting the glitterball twice and having the best journey with all my celebrities, but also meeting and working with the best team, crew, producers, celebs and incredible professional dancers! You are my family and I adore you all forever.”

The South African star - who has also served as a judge on talent shows like BBC One’s 'The Greatest Dancer' and ITV’s 'The Masked Dancer' – is also getting ready to host ITV’s new dating show called ‘Romeo and Duet’ which is set to air later on this year.