Strictly Come Dancing vaccine row: BBC furiously rejects claims stars threatened to quit over unjabbed partners

BBC tries to shut down Strictly vaccine row (Picture: BBC)

The BBC has released a statement following reports stars of Strictly Come Dancing have threatened to quit over a trio of unvaccinated professional dancers.

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It’s been claimed at least three of the show’s in-house stars have refused the Covid vaccine, with many critics calling on the broadcaster to replace them with vaccinated talent instead.

It was later reported some of the celebrities from this year’s Strictly line-up are furious that they have been left without protection, but the BBC has now stressed that ‘is not the case’.

A statement from the corporation said: ‘A lot has been written about vaccinations and Strictly in recent days.

‘The BBC has never commented nor confirmed the vaccination status of anyone on the show. It’s not our place to.

‘It is not the case that concerns have been raised with the BBC or the Strictly production team from dancers or celebrities about vaccination, or that they have threatened to quit.

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‘We have in place strict procedures to protect those on the show and the wider production. Among the many measures in place on Strictly, the dancers are tested regularly to be in close contact with their partners.

‘The cast, crew and everyone working on Strictly are focused on this weekend’s first live show and delivering another brilliant series.’

Even Prime Minister Boris Johnson jumped into the storm this week, urging the unvaccinated dancers to get their jab as soon as possible.

Even Boris Johnson waded into the row (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

Speaking to reporters in Washington DC, Mr Johnson said: ‘I think that that’s a matter for the producers but I strongly believe that people should get vaccinated.

‘I don’t want to bully people or to lecture them but, well I don’t mind lecturing them, I’ll lecture them: I think it is a great thing to do for yourself, your family, your community.

‘I think people should get a jab and it is a wonderful thing to do.’

A Strictly spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s Covid vaccination status. Strictly Come Dancing production has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.’

Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.

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