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David Mitchell recalls ‘frightening’ time Robert Webb had heart surgery during filming

David Mitchell has got candid about going through the “very frightening” time when his comedic partner and friend Robert Webb had to undergo open-heart surgery.

Robert Webb, despite the fact that he is dancing on the Strictly Come Dancing floor, was only two years old when he discovered that he had a serious heart condition. He had to have emergency surgery.

David joined Jermaine Jenas and Alex Scott on The One Show on Wednesday, where he opened up about his pal’s stint on the BBC show and finding out about Robert’s health issues after a routine medical checkup during filming.



David opened up about his pal and comic partner
David opened up about his pal and comic partner

Alex grilled him about Robert’s performance on the show, saying: “While we’ve got you here, Strictly, we know you’re not a fan of camping, dancing you wanna stay clear of, but your mate Robert Webb is on the show.

“Did you watch his first performance?” she asked to which David gushed: “I certainly did and it was brilliant.

“And I would say (he was) underpraised by the judges. He was due at least another four to six marks I’d say. So yeah, it’s brilliant.”



He said that Robert's Strictly debut deserved better scores from the judges
He said that Robert’s Strictly debut deserved better scores from the judges

Alex then delved into the topic of Robert’s heart troubles, saying: “He’s spoken a lot about his heart surgery and what he’s been through so to see him perform on Strictly is absolutely incredible.

“How did it affect you when he spoke to you about the news?”

David opened up and said: “It was very frightening because we were filming Back, the show we do for Channel 4, and he went for an insurance medical and two weeks later he had open-heart surgery.



David said finding out about Robert's condition was "very frightening"
David said finding out about Robert’s condition was “very frightening”

“So it was a complete shock and surprise and very serious condition which immediately needed dealing with.

“And something that not long ago they couldn’t deal with, it’s amazing how surgery has progressed.

“So it was very frightening but it all went brilliantly and he’s fully recovered.”

The star continued: “This was a thing in the background he wasn’t aware of and now he’s feeling better than he has for years,

“Hence he’s agreed to dance every week potentially until Christmas.”

Alex then sweetly joked: “He has got his best mate as number one cheerleader though.”

Robert has made it through to week two of the competition alongside partner Dianne Buswell, with a score of 20.

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David Mitchell recalls 'frightening' time Robert Webb had heart surgery during filming
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