Former Strictly Come Dancing star dancer James Jordan has called for the show’s pros to be sacked if he refuses to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
TODAY revealed that a third dancer on the BBC show has decided not to jab – causing further outrage between the crew and this year’s celebrities.
Appearing on TODAY’s Good Morning Britain, James went on to cry with fellow former supporter Christina Rihanoff on the subject.
Making his position very clear, James said: “I would usually guard professional dancers until the cows come home, but on this particular occasion I unfortunately can’t.
I think it’s a really, really selfish thing
“I definitely believe they don’t deserve their right on the show and that celebrities have every right to refuse to dance with them.”
He explained how doing shows during normal years often weakens people’s immune systems.
“I think it’s a really, really selfish thing. And also, what you have to remember, over the years on Strictly, your immune system goes down, a lot of people get sick anyway. way before the coronavirus,” he added,
“So if you’re sweating and it’s very close contact on Strictly, on top of someone, as we all know, the risk of you spreading something like that is very high.
“If it spreads and the whole show comes down or god forbid anyone dies because don’t forget that 150k people have already died from this terrible virus.
“If someone on this show gets this virus and their immune system is really low and they die, it could have been prevented.”
He added: “I say don’t put these professional dancers on the show.”
Christina’s take on the top was a bit different – despite having a double jab herself.
She said: “I know some of my trainers can’t have it for some reason because of health issues.
“It goes back to the BBC – have they done those checks before hiring those professionals on the show.
“You don’t hire someone, take them to the UK from another country, give them a contract, but then ask if they’ve been double vaccinated and if you’re not you’re not allowed on the show.
“The BBC should have done their job before the actual shoot when those dancers were hired.”
She said she would “have no problem” dancing with unvaccinated celebs.
Rapidly wounded, James doubts her claim that she knows many people who may not have the jab for health reasons.
On Saturday, it was revealed that two pros had withheld vaccinations – leaving some celeb contestants reluctant to be paired with them.
An insider said: “The makers are spreading the Covid outbreak on the new series, which is an important part of the autumn schedule.
“The last series showed how disruptive the virus can be when Katya Jones tested positive and had to leave the competition with partner Nicola Adams. They are taking every precaution to make the set as safe as possible, especially when the studio audience coming back. “
The dancers do not need to be told if they have been vaccinated as this is a private medical matter and the BBC cannot even ask about it.
The third pro in question is hooked up with a celeb and the others strictly know they’re not jab.