Get a jab! Boris Johnson happy to lecture Strictly stars over Covid vaccine

Boris Johnson weighs in on Strictly's vaccine controversy

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Strictly Come Dancing bosses have faced backlash this week after it was reported a number of stars are “refusing” the coronavirus vaccine. The speculation has caused controversy among Strictly fans, and in a television interview with Sky News, Boris Johnson urged everyone to get the vaccination, as he admitted he would be happy to lecture the Strictly stars refusing the jab.

During the interview, the Prime Minister was asked whether he thinks the stars refusing the vaccine should be kicked off the show.

“I think that is a matter for the producers,” Mr Johnson said.

“I strongly believe people should get vaccinated. I don’t want to bully people or to lecture them.

“Well, I don’t mind lecturing them. I will lecture them.”

He continued: “It’s a great thing to do for yourself, and your family, for your community.

“I think people should get a jab and it’s a wonderful thing to do.”

Mr Johnson’s comments come after it was reported that as many as three Strictly pros are refusing to take the vaccine.

According to The Sun, an insider said: “Producers are dreading an outbreak of Covid on the new series, which is a crucial part of the autumn schedule.”

However, a BBC spokesperson confirmed in a statement: “We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s Covid vaccination status.

“Strictly Come Dancing production has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”

LBC’s Nick Ferrari also made his feelings clear about the Strictly stars during an appearance on Wednesday’s This Morning.

Nick reinforced the Prime Minister’s comment as he said everyone should have the vaccine.

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He explained to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “If you’re going to be in this show, you’re going to be very close with your dance partner.

“I think it is incumbent upon you to have the vaccination. If you are living a relatively solitary existence, so be it.

“If you’re going to be spending, I believe 10 to 12 hours a day in a dance studio or a dance gym. I’m sorry but you have to have the vaccination.”

Taking aim at the BBC, he raged: “On this one, the BBC need to take a strong line.”


The claims have also left fans divided and many have taken to social media to air their thoughts.

Defending Strictly, Wayne wrote: “I know people who have been double jabbed and have become seriously ill with covid, I know people who have not been jabbed and are fine, is this jab really working.

“Just making a big deal of it. There are other workplaces in the same situation, why pick on #Strictly.” (sic)

While Suzanne disagreed: “My uncle and my cousin’s husband died. Double jabbed of Covid so saying you can’t catch and spread Covid and die of it, you are truly deluded #strictly, it’s a lottery.” (sic)

Elizabeth questioned: “Surely if dancers are refusing Covid-19 Vaccine should they be dancing with a partner I wouldn’t!” (sic)

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.

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