Judge Rinder has explained why he chose not to stay with the other Strictly Come Dancing stars in a posh hotel during the show – and his reasoning makes perfect sense.
He decided to stay at his own house because he thought it would have been "absurd" to waste licence fee payers' money, given how close he lived to Strictly's base north of London.
"I didn't refuse to stay in the hotel. I'm not Mariah Carey – don't be so ridiculous!" Rinder told TalkRadio's Johnny Seifert.
"I live not far [away] in north London... it was absurd. I've got a perfectly nice house, and frankly I don't think it's fair to make licence fee payers pay for my hotel."
Rinder went on to say that the way celebrities are treated makes him feel a little bit uncomfortable.
"Actually, again, it's a really good question in this sense. I really worry about the way in which you, as any kind of celebrity, are disproportionately treated," he said.
"Frankly, the industry is almost singularly designed to interfere with people's moral chemistry.
"I've worked doing some of the most challenging cases – in various parts of the world as well – and you'd be lucky if somebody comes to make you a cup of tea.
"Within minutes of arriving to a TV studio, there's somebody that wants to get you a coffee – and I had to stop it. I had to say, 'I know my ego and what it's like – if you carry on like this I'm going to end up like Kim Jong-un of North Korea!'"
Judge Rinder finished in fifth place on last year's Strictly and became a firm fan favourite, partnering with Oksana Platero.
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