STRICTLY Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has threatened to quit the show if the BBC force him to tone down his caustic comments.
The original panellist, 54, is still seething from being forced to apologise to last year’s winner Stacey Dooley, 32, after he joked about her sleeping with her dance partner Kevin Clifton, 36, during filming of the opening episode of the BBC1 series.
Now in an exclusive interview he has insisted he will leave the show if he is told to be more careful with his comments.
The 54-year-old judge said: “Every year I get told to tone it down and I don’t listen. Of course I won’t be toning it down this year.
“I’m going to be just like I’ve been for 16 years. I’m not changing for anyone, if that’s the case I’d rather not judge it. It will never work darling, I’ve got too much of a big mouth.”
Speaking at the launch of Mamma Mia: The Party in London’s O2 Arena he played the gig down as a “Saturday job.”
The judge was recently forced to apologise to Stacey Dooley after making a joke about her sleeping with dance partner Kevin Clifton[/caption]
He said: “It is just a Saturday job, Monday to Friday I choreograph and dance, but Strictly is a very small part of it.
“We are all dispensable, I expect they would replace me with someone else. It’s not me who has gone onto 56 countries worldwide, it’s the show and the format.”
The Mail on Sunday yesterday reported Craig could be poised to make a dramatic exit from the show in the wake of his barbed remarks about the reigning champion Stacey and demands for a larger salary.
He was caught on tape saying: ‘Stacey was dragged up from the dance gutter, of course, if you sleep with your dance partner that helps.’
Craig says he refuses to change for anyone and played down his Strictly gig, calling it a ‘Saturday job’[/caption]
He later apologised for his remarks, which were rumoured to have left some of the professional dancers furious.
Craig could also be chasing a bigger salary after being furious that his fellow judge Shirley Ballas, 59, was brought in on more money than him.
In 2018, his earnings were between £150,000 and £200,000.
He is also rumoured to be locked in a battle with the BBC over his salary as fellow judge Shirley Ballas was brought in on more money than him[/caption]
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He said at the time: “I think women should be paid the same as men. That’s for sure.
“But what would you say to a woman coming in after you’ve been in the job for 15 years when they’ve done absolutely nothing to earn it? I don’t think that’s right.
“For instance, Shirley Ballas, in that way, you’d expect she would start on something lower because she’s never been on TV before.”
Craig says he thinks men and women should be paid the same but that it isn’t right for someone to come in with less experience and earn more[/caption]
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