Rav Wilding told to take a break from Crimewatch – after split from Chantelle Houghton

Rav Wilding has reportedly been told to take a leave of absence from BBC’s ‘Crimewatch’, as he is struggling to cope with his breakup from Chantelle Houghton.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star was seen publicly rowing with the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ star earlier this week and later revealed on Twitter that they had split. Producers of the BBC One show have not been impressed by his recent antics, which have included posing in a ‘Mills & Boon’-inspired magazine shoot.

Bosses are also worried viewers will be more interested in his love life rather than the serious matters talked about on the show, and have reportedly told Rav to “go on holiday” to sort himself out.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “For many executives, ‘Crimewatch’ is the BBC’s flagship serious show, so they weren’t thrilled with his choice of girlfriend.

“Bosses were even less impressed when they started doing ‘Mills & Boon’-esque glossy magazine shoots, declaring their love – hardly in keeping with the ‘Crimewatch’ ethos.”

A BBC insider said: “As far as we are concerned, it is a personal matter. Rav was spoken to as a matter of course but it was a case of pastoral care more than of him being hauled in.”

Rav ended his five-month relationship with Chantelle on twitter earlier this week, saying: “Wanted to clarify situation after speculation 2day. Sadly Chantelle & I are no longer in a relationship as I’ve had to draw a line under it.

“It’s been a really difficult week and a lot has gone on, & I appreciate everyone’s kind words. The relationship wasn’t what I wanted so badly and wasn’t the genuine thing I thought it was.

“It’s so upsetting as I genuinely & truly loved Chantelle, but the publicity side isn’t always reflective of the truth. All I ask is that you don’t believe everything that’s written, and thanks again to everyone who’s been in touch – means a lot x (sic)”