The 'Strictly' champion said not having a live audience supporting contestants meant they were at an added disadvantage.
The presenter, who has been dating Kevin Clifton since last year, said suggestions she was behind him quitting were 'utter nonsense'.
The 37-year-old professional dancer had the inking on his foot a year ago after making a promise to 'Strictly' partner, comedian Susan Calman.
The new judge may not be quite up to speed on the events of the 2018 series.
The paralympic table tennis player missed last week's live show due to a knee injury which could now see him pull out of the series.
He may not be lifting the Glitterball Trophy again this year, but she's still his biggest fan.
Kevin Clifton was quick to reassure everyone that it was just his phone.
The show's Mr Nasty has no intention of toning it down to save celebrities' feelings.
The 60-year-old TV presenter revealed Anton Du Beke threw her in the air when she already had an injured shoulder.
The professionals both had their eye on the investigative journalist during the BBC show's compatibility tests.
The 60-year-old TV presenter has invited her Strictly dance partner Kevin Clifton and his girlfriend Stacey Dooley for dinner.