Strictly's James Jordan fires 'brutal' reply to Giovanni Pernice's exit from BBC show

Former Strictly Come Dancing pro James Jordan on This Morning
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James Jordan has given a rather 'brutal' response to Giovanni Penrice's exit from the BBC show after nine series, suggesting there was 'no smoke without fire' during an interview on This Morning.

James never actually appeared on Strictly with Giovanni, given he made his departure from the show a year before the Italian pro made his debut, but the now former pro, who went onto star on Celebrity Big Brother and win Dancing on Ice, has always between vocal with his opinions on all things Strictly, from judges' scoring to pro group numbers.

And, less than 24 hours after Giovanni's Strictly exit was confirmed, with his name missing from the Strictly 2024 pro line-up, James was asked fror his take on matters, as he appeared via video call to be a guest on Tuesday's This Morning. And, after another fellow Strictly pro, Kristina Rihanoff, gave her thoughts, James spoke to hosts Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley and was a little less diplomatic, as he remarked: "It's very sad that it's come to this," before he added: "The only thing I will say is there's no smoke without fire."

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James told Ben and Cat that, while he was curious if Giovanni left of his own accord or was given his marching orders, thought the BC had '[dealt with it well', before once again slightly putting the boot into Giovanni, as he went on: "I'd be devastated if one of my previous celebrity partners came forward saying that I was abusive or not treated them in training, but he's had four. so if it was just one you'd say 'Okay, maybe a massive clash of characters'."

Giovanni has denied all the allegations that have surrounded him, father his abrupt exit from last year's Strictly with actress Amanda Abbington, after she decided to quit. And then, after the Sherlock star noticeably 'snubbed' Giovanni in her exit statement, rumours circulated she was unhappy at how she'd been treated by the former champion and wanted the BBC to hand over footage of their rehearsals.