DANCING with the Stars judge Julian Benson has been forced to pull out of the show temporarily as he is unwell, RTÉ has confirmed.
The much-loved judge will be absent from the panel tomorrow night for the Orchestra Week special as he is ill.
An RTE spokeswoman said this morning: "RTÉ can confirm that show judge Julian Benson is currently unwell and will miss tomorrow night's Dancing with the Stars on RTÉ One.
"During Julian's absence he will be replaced by guest judge and the show's creative director Darren Bennett."
Benson (48) is open about his own personal fight with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), an inherited genetic disorder that mostly affects the lungs but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestines.
Whenever he feels unwell and cannot appear on the show, guest judge and "understudy" Bennett takes his spot, but Julian always watches from home.
"Any time I've taken a break, Darren has very kindly sat in for me, as I call him, my understudy," he previously told Independent.ie.
"I always watch it. When I'm out I'm out for a reason, it's to recuperate. And you know, it's nice to see it from the other side. I'm three years doing it now, it's lovely to step back. Nobody likes to take a break, but the universe can't control when I have to take a break."