Kevin Clifton considered 'Strictly' return after announcing he'd quit
Kevin Clifton considered returning to Strictly Come Dancing after publicly announcing he was leaving the show back in March to focus on other work.
However, he didn't want to make a U-turn over the decision over fears he'd "look like an idiot".
"There were a couple of conversations about it, like, is it worth talking about it?," he told The Sun’s Bizarre column.
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"But then I thought, I've just made this big announcement. I don't want to look like an idiot."
"We're having a constant conversation, and at the moment I feel I've pretty much done everything there is to do on the show," Clifton went on.
The 37-year-old danced on the programme for seven years, eventually winning the competition with now-girlfriend Stacey Dooley in 2018.
He announced he was leaving the programme earlier this year in a lengthy post to Instagram. His message read: “The past 7 years have been some of the most wonderful years of my life.
"I am grateful to the BBC and Strictly Come Dancing for giving me the opportunity to have been a part of something truly special.
“Since first being called ‘Kevin From Grimsby’ by Sir Bruce Forsyth in 2013 I have experienced the highs of 5 finals, winning a Guinness World record on It Takes Two, the Strictly Arena tour glitterball and then the ultimate of winning the 2018 series with Stacey Dooley.
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Clifton added that he wanted to "leave on a high" and was looking to focus on other areas of his "life and career".
Strictly is set to return to BBC One in October.
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