Claudia Winkleman's son told her to swap Strictly Come Dancing for Match of the Day

Claudia Winkleman admits her son wanted her to quit Strictly Come Dancing credit:Bang Showbiz
Claudia Winkleman admits her son wanted her to quit Strictly Come Dancing credit:Bang Showbiz

Claudia Winkleman's son wanted her to quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' for 'Match of the Day'.

The 52-year-old star has co-hosted the BBC's Latin and ballroom competition alongside Tess Daly since 2011, but her son - who she has with husband Kris Thykier - has urged her to take on a very different role.

Appearing on Nick Grimshaw and Angela Hartnett's 'Dish with Waitrose' podcast, she said: "My son, about four years ago, went, 'You have to stop doing that show... can you just work on 'Match of the Day?'

"I was like, 'I can't spell football!' "

Claudia - who recently quit her BBC Radio 2 show - is still open to new opportunities, and her stint hosting 'The Traitors' has proven to be a huge success.

However, she still works with the idea that nothing lasts forever.

She joked: "It's all going to be over. Number one, I feel incredibly lucky... it is unbelievable. But you can also never assume that it's going to last.

"I just think you have to be grateful, and if it ends tomorrow, I've had an amazing run, thank you, night, night."

She added: "It's lovely to work when it's going well, but it might not always go well."

Claudia joined 'The Traitors' in 2022 and returned for its second series earlier this year, but she very nearly turned down the job until she'd seen the original Dutch version of the reality TV favourite.

She explained: "[I almost turned it down] because of my innate laziness ... I was like, 'I'm really sorry I can't go to Scotland for three and a half weeks, but thank you so much for thinking of me. And why don't you ask the following people? Thank you, bye'.

"And they said, 'Just before you say definite no, can we just send you the tapes of the Dutch version?' And I was like, 'Yeah, okay, I really won't get round to [watching it' ... and then four days later, 'Have you watched it yet?' I was like, 'No … I am napping.' "

After binging all 12 series, she recalled: "I texted my boss at the BBC ... and I said, 'I'll book my own train. Yeah, I'm coming. I'm going to Inverness.' "