Craig, who has been on the programme since it launched in 2004, appeared on ITV’s This Morning shortly after the news broke that professional dancer Oti, 31, had bowed out of the series after seven years.
The outspoken judge continued: “She’s becoming a huge star in her own right. I think that is the way to treat the business. There’s only so long you can actually spend in one show.”
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He added: “You don’t want to do the same role for seven years. I think it’s the best move that she’ll ever make.”
Craig went on to touch on Dancing on Ice judge Oti’s inevitably bright future, as he admitted he would miss starring alongside her on the show.
He explained: “She’s fantastic as a presenter and I just love her. She’s just brilliant.”
The former The Masked Dancer contestant continued: “I will miss her but then I get to see her on the telly every day so that will be great.”
“And I will miss having the odd dance with her as, of course, she’s [one of] the tallest pros that we have, so I always have to dance with her.”
Craig then quipped with a smile: “She’s always correcting me, darling!”
Dancing on Ice host Holly agreed with Craig’s complimentary comments as she said the team of the show “absolutely love her”.
Craig isn’t the only Strictly star to send Oti his well-wishes following news of her departure.
His fellow judges Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse were also keen to wish Oti all the best, with Motsi telling her sister that the future is bright.
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Motsi said: “It’s time to fly baby girl! I am so proud of you. fearless, courageous and so looking forward to seeing your dreams come true.”
Shirley agreed, adding: “I’m so proud of you in so many ways. You for sure have been a big part of the show and you will be missed.”
“We will see you move forward in such a positive light. I’ve enjoyed so many times with you and loved the fact you loved to learn.”
Shirley continued: “Beauty for sure you have , but your beautiful heart shines brightly. Looking forward to following your future. May your candle continue to glow brightly for all those around you. Love you lots.”
This Morning continues weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV