FORMER Strictly Come Dancing star dancer James Jordan has called for the show’s pros to be sacked if they have refused the Covid vaccination.
Today, The Sun revealed that a third dancer on the BBC show has decided against having the jab – creating further resentment amongst the crew and this year’s celebrities.
Appearing on today’s Good Morning Britain, James was left fuming as he rowed with fellow former pro Kristina Rhinaoff about the topic.
Making his position very clear, James said: "I would normally protect the professional dancers until the cows come home but on this particular occasion I can’t unfortunately.
I just think it's a really, really selfish thing to do
"I definitely believe they don’t deserve their right on the show and the celebrities have every right to refuse to dance with them."
He went on to explain how people's immune systems are often weakened doing the show, during normal years.
"I just think it's a really, really selfish thing to do. And also, what you have to remember, in previous years on Strictly, your immune system gets low, lots of people get sick anyway. This is way before coronavirus," he said,
"So if you are sweating and all over someone, it is very close contact on Strictly as we all know, so you are much more at risk of spreading something like that.
“If it does spread and the whole show comes down or god forbid someone dies because lets not forget 150k people have already died from this horrible virus.
“If someone on this show get this virus and their immune system is really low and they die, it could have been prevented.”
He added: “ I say let’s not have these professional dancers on the show.”
Kristina had a slightly different view on the top – despite being double jabbed herself.
She said:"I know some instructors of mine can't have it for certain reasons because of health issues.
"It goes back to the BBC – have they done those checks before they even hired those professionals on the show.
"You don't hire someone, drag them from another country to the UK, give them the contract but then ask if they are double vaccinated and if you are not you are not allowed on the show.
"The BBC should have done their job prior to the actual shoot when hiring those dancers."
She went on to say she "would not have an issue" dancing with unvaccinated celebs.
Getting increasingly wound up, James doubted her claim that she knows lots of people who can't have the jab for health reasons.
On Saturday, The Sun revealed two pros had snubbed vaccinations — leaving some celeb contestants reluctant to be paired with them.
An insider said: “Producers are dreading an outbreak of Covid on the new series, which is a crucial part of the autumn schedule.
"The last series showed how disruptive the virus could be when Katya Jones tested positive and had to leave the competition with partner Nicola Adams. They are taking every possible precaution to make the set as safe as possible, particularly as the studio audience is returning.”
Dancers do not have to disclose whether they are vaccinated as it is a private medical matter and the BBC cannot even ask about it.
The third pro in question is paired with a celeb and others on Strictly know they are not jabbed.
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