BBC Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel-Horwood 'doesn't know' why Giovanni Pernice would quit

Craig Revel Horwood has made a dig at Giovanni Pernice after he decided to quit BBC Strictly Come Dancing. Giovanni has quit the BBC show amid reports of complaints from former contestants, including Amanda Abbington, who was left with "mild PTSD" following their partnership last year.

When asked about his future and if he'd ever leave, the 59-year-old said: "It's the best job I've ever had on a Saturday - are you joking?" Craig continued to reveal what he loves most about the show, explaining: "The dance, and I love the way it waves the flag for dancing.

"I love the fact that so many people have taken up dance because of it, and that it's won the hearts and minds of not only this nation, but about 61 countries worldwide. I mean, what not to love?" Craig is one of four judges used by the show.

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He said: "Why would you change something that has worked as a format all around the world, and is loved by everyone? There's no point in changing it. I think including lots of communities is very good." Craig is joined on the judging panel by the likes of head judge Shirley Ballas, as well as Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke.

While Giovanni remains adamant the allegations are unfounded, the BBC has now reportedly launched an investigation into the dance star after two other former dance partners, apart from Amanda, have come forward and made serious complaints about his behaviour.

Laura Whitmore who danced with Giovanni in 2016 is believed to be one of the three women who have come forward. The trio contacted a £700-an-hour law firm, who then contacted the broadcaster.

The investigation will reportedly analyse rehearsal footage recorded between Amanda and Giovanni of their alleged heated exchanges. A source told the publication: "These are troubled times for the BBC. This is a nightmare situation, frankly. Rumblings have been going on for months about his behaviour but they steadfastly declined to launch any investigation. It was only when at least three contestants, all deeply traumatised and upset by some of his training methods and behaviour, complained that any action was taken."