Former Strictly dancer Ian Waite leaves viewers gasping after weight jibe at ...

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Ian Waite drew gasps from the crew of the show's spin-off programme after making a joke about Zoe Ball's weight.

The star, 48, who quit the BBC dance competition in 2009 after a four-year stint, was paired with Zoe, 48, in 2005 when they made the final of the third series.

While appearing alongside the presenter, 48, on It Takes Two on Thursday night, Waite quipped 'I'm not that strong' after '12 stone' Zoe had joked, 'he's going to lift me up in a minute!'

Awkward: Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Ian Waite drew gasps from the crew of It Takes Two after making a joke about Zoe Ball's weight on Thursday's show

Awkward: Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Ian Waite drew gasps from the crew of It Takes Two after making a joke about Zoe Ball's weight on Thursday's show 

The exchange took place during Waite's appearance on It Takes Two's Choreography Corner segment, on which he has featured several times. 

Introducing the dancer, who wore a tight white shirt and black trousers, Zoe likened him to Patrick Swayze's character Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing.

'It's Ian! Looking a bit like Johnny in Dirty Dancing,' she said, gesturing to his physique-hugging ensemble. 

Waite smiled before replying, 'It's a strong look'.

Naughty: While appearing alongside the presenter, 48, Waite quipped 'I'm not that strong' after '12 stone' Zoe had joked, 'he's going to lift me up in a minute!'

Naughty: While appearing alongside the presenter, 48, Waite quipped 'I'm not that strong' after '12 stone' Zoe had joked, 'he's going to lift me up in a minute!'

Style: Zoe introduced the dancer, who wore a tight white open-necked shirt and black trousers, to the spin-off programme

Style: Zoe introduced the dancer, who wore a tight white open-necked shirt and black trousers, to the spin-off programme 

Zoe then agreed: 'It is a strong look! He's going to lift me up in a minute! It's going to be amazing.' 

However, Waite then prompted

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