Jennifer and fellow comedienne, Dawn French, explained they have both been asked to be part of Strictly Come Dancing. While the show is much-loved by BBC viewers, the pair listed a number of reasons why they have both rejected the opportunity. The pair explained they felt it is “terribly undignified” and wouldn’t be given the younger professional dancers they wanted.
Jennifer added she finds the rehearsal videos “pathetic” and wouldn’t want anyone to see her learning the moves to the Waltz or Cha Cha.
“I would do it if it wasn’t for the background films. Oh it’s pathetic now,” she explained.
“'It’s Halloween week! Ooh we’re slightly scared now.’ Oh God.
“I’m not saying I don’t like watching it but I have to say, being on it would make me cringe.
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Jennifer Saunders rejects offers for ‘pathetic’ Strictly: ‘We’d be with Anton Du Beke’ (Image: WENN • BBC)
Jennifer Saunders said she would want to be paired with a younger professional (Image: WENN)
"We know we’d be with Anton du Beke. We wouldn’t get Aljaz [Skorjanec] or any of the nice ones, we would be with Anton."
The comedienne went on to explain she doesn’t want to be “laughed at” if she fails to impress viewers or the judges.
She remarked: “We’re up to make people laugh, we’re not up to being laughed at. And that’s the big difference.
"I sort of think that’s possibly going back to our beginnings of why we went into comedy."
Dawn French explained she wouldn't want to be a joke act and instead actually learn to dance (Image: BBC)
Caroline Quentin is part of this year's Strictly Come Dancing line-up (Image: BBC)