Poor Claudia Winkleman.
It is expected that Zoe Ball will be standing in for Claudia again for this weekend’s live Strictly Come Dancing show as Claudia keeps a vigil at her injured daughter, Matilda’s, hospital bedside.
Claudia and her husband Kris Thykier have spoken out about the horrifying moment that their eight-year-old daughter’s Halloween costume became engulfed in flames in a new statement.
The distraught couple 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, nurses and staff who have been absolutely incredible.
“We would like 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 be please have the appropriate safety measures in place and to hand.”
It has not been confirmed how the fire started, but it is widely believed that Matilda’s Halloween costume caught alight when it came into contact with a pumpkin candle.
Claudia, who is also mother to 11-year-old Jake and 3-year-old Arthur, was with her daughter when the incident happened near their West London home, and it has been revealed that Matilda was rushed to hospital in an ambulance as high priority.
Strictly viewers were surprised to see It Takes Two host Zoe Ball standing in for Claudia on Saturday night’s show, where she and co-host Tess Daly revealed that Claudia couldn’t be there as one of her children were unwell.
It was last night confirmed by the BBC that Claudia will be missing this week’s show as well, with it being unclear when she will be back on screen whilst her daughter undergoes medical treatment, a spokesperson for the BBC said: “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 sentiment which we are most definitely echoing, as we wish little Matilda a speedy recovery following such a horrible ordeal.
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