Craig Revel Horwood, 54, reportedly took a dig at Strictly Come Dancing champion Stacey Dooley, 32, who won the show alongside professional dancer and now boyfriend Kevin Clifton, 36, last year. The outspoken Strictly judge was reportedly forced to apologise for his remarks which are claimed to have left Stacey’s mum Di, in tears. During filming for the launch show, Craig was asked by host Tess Daly what this year's celebrity contestants should expect from taking part in the show. According to The Sun, the star reportedly said they could learn from reigning champion Stacey, but then is alleged to have quipped: “Of course, if you sleep with your dance partner that helps…”
It has been claimed BBC bosses halted filming following Craig’s remarks and he was told to apologise.
Stacey’s mum is reportedly said to have fled the BBC studios in tears following the judge’s comments.
Craig has since issued a public apology, telling the publication: “I’m deeply sorry for the offence caused to Kevin and Stacey and everyone who works on the show.
“I recognise that what I said was hurtful, cruel and incredibly disrespectful. It was a huge error of judgement that I very much regret.”
Express.co.uk have contacted Craig Revel Horwood, Stacey Dooley and Strictly Come Dancing representatives for comment.
Stacey and Kevin made a return to the BBC dance floor for a one-off performance after being crowned champions last year.
Craig Revel Horwood: Strictly 2019 judge