Gethin Jones puts his head in his hands as Strictly star takes brutal swipe at dance show

BBC Morning Live host Gethin Jones has appeared as a contestant on Strictly -Credit:BBC
BBC Morning Live host Gethin Jones has appeared as a contestant on Strictly -Credit:BBC

Gethin Jones was left cringing after he introduced the Strictly Fitness segment during the latest episode of BBC Morning Live. The Welsh presenter welcomed British dancer and choreographer Neil Jones to the show, best known for his role as a professional dancer on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Neil often appears on Morning Live to talk viewers through the steps for Strictly Fitness, an exercise segment that airs at the end of the show and incorporates moves from previous Strictly routines. Introducing Neil during the episode that aired on Thursday, April 11, Gethin, who segued from talking about police drama Blue Lights, said: "It's a crime really that he's never lifted the Glitterball Trophy, but why Neil? Not found the right partner?"

Shrugging, Neil responded: "Actually having a partner would help." Luckily, Gethin's co-star for the day was Strictly star Janette Manrara, who quickly expelled the awkward scenes, which saw Gethin put his head in his hands, by jumping up and announcing: "I'll dance with you, come on."

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The pair then performed an impressive Salsa routine before Janette sat back down and Neil moved on to Strictly Fitness, talking viewers through the chest rolls needed for the Salsa.

Neil joined Strictly in 2016 but in his eight years on the show has only had two partners. He danced with Alex Scott in 2019 and actress Nina Wadia in 2021. However, after being missed out on the 2023 line-up last year, Neil told MailOnline that not having a celebrity partner meant he was able to witness the birth of his daughter Havana.

Strictly's Neil Jones on Morning Live -Credit:BBC
Strictly's Neil Jones on Morning Live -Credit:BBC

Neil and Love Island star Chyna Mills welcomed their first child together in October 2023 after first going public with their romance in August 2022. He told the publication: "So I say to them every year when I have a partner or I don't have a partner. That doesn't bother me.

"I would say, do what you need to do, if you find the right partner for me, I'm there for you. But don't feel that you have to give me a celeb partner, that's not a priority. I enjoy it when I get that chance at Christmas." You can keep up to date with the latest TV and showbiz news by signing up to the newsletter here.