Strictly Come Dancing had recently come under fire after reports emerged three pro dancers had refused to take the Covid vaccine and some of the celebrity contestants were rumoured to be unhappy they had been partnered with an unvaccinated dancer. However, in light of these reports, the BBC has issued a statement on the matter.
It reads: “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.
“We have in place strict procedures to protect those on the show and the wider production.”
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“Among the many measures in place on Strictly, the dancers are tested regularly to be in close contact with their partners,” the statement continues.
“The cast, crew and everyone working on Strictly are focused on this weekend’s first live show and delivering another brilliant series.”
Saturday’s instalment of Strictly will go ahead as planned following reports in The Sun that the three pro dancers who have not been vaccinated would rather “quit than have the jab”.
The insider claimed: “The three dancers have made their positions crystal clear — they’d rather quit than have the jab.”
“There is mounting pressure upon them to be vaccinated but they are refusing to budge,” the source added.
“Obviously no one could have foreseen the upset it has caused.
“No one can make the dancers have the jab but some people have asked them to reconsider for the sake of the show.
“At Strictly they treat each other like a big family. They are normally a unified team and when a few of the team aren’t singing off the same hymn sheet it causes issues.”
On Wednesday, Boris Johnson waded in on the debate and urged the dancers to get vaccinated.
Speaking to reporters in Washington DC, the Prime Minister 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.”
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