Strictly star pleads for help after car breaks down at night and waits 19 hours for help

Strictly Come Dancing alumni Debbie McGee pleaded for help from fans after her car broke down – claiming her breakdown company failed to show up for 19 hours.

The 65-year-old TV and radio star, perhaps best known as the assistant and widow of magician Paul Daniels, took to social media to ask for assistance from her followers, saying she was struggling to get help from the RAC.

Debbie, who was a finalist on Strictly in 2017, told how she had been left waiting hours for help with her car and eventually gave up at midnight – adding it was a 'good job she was not stranded somewhere dangerous'.

Writing on X/Twitter on Tuesday night, she said: “I have been waiting since 5.30 for RAC breakdown. Can anyone help as my txts don’t seem to be updating and it says do not ring.”

She added: “I’m safe but worried as tracker doesn’t seem to be updating. I’m on hold on the phone now 20 minutes so far. Good job I’m not stranded somewhere dangerous.”

Debbie then said she had gone home and tried to call to cancel her breakdown – but could not get through.

On Wednesday, she tweeted: “Good morning. The continuation of my @TheRAC_UK debacle. I went to bed at midnight not getting through so unable to cancel. At 6.45am I re registered my breakdown and the txts are updating but the patrol arrival just keeps being pushed back.”

Debbie posted on Tuesday afternoon to say the RAC had arrived at 12.45pm – 19 hours after her initial call. She wrote: “So @TheRAC_UK finally arrived at 12.45 but in the meantime I had joined the AA.

“The telephone person Paul Boyce was SO helpful. They took 40 minutes to come and sort everything out. Thank you to all of you X'ers for all your kindness last night and today.”

OK! has approached the RAC for comment.

After appearing on Strictly in 2017, Debbie returned to the show for its Christmas special in 2019 – which she won. At the time, she revealed how being diagnosed with breast cancer had inspired her decision to return to the dancefloor.

Debbie was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in October 2018 and underwent surgery to remove the affected tissue the following January. Revealing that overcoming her diagnosis was her “reason for doing Strictly”, she said: “It will show people that last January I had a little operation but it was a big recovery. I couldn’t exercise for about three months and had to slowly get back into it.

“Now, 11 months later, I’m back on the dance floor. I hope it will inspire other people going through the same thing. You come back from these things. Yes, life gives you blips, but you recover.”

She added: “I was diagnosed at the end of October [2018], so I had a couple of months of worrying about it. You worry about being scarred.

“What it made me realise more than ever was to enjoy today. People cope with all sorts of things, much worse than what I’ve had to deal with, but we have to live and carry on.”

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