Bruno Tonioli is still getting a massive pay day from Strictly Come Dancing – despite barely appearing on the show, new reports claim.
Due to travel restrictions caused by the Covid pandemic, Bruno has remained in Los Angeles in order to continue living at home and appear on the US equivalent series, Dancing With The Stars.
Instead, he has been dialling in for the Sunday night results show to give his opinion on the week’s dances.
Despite plans for him to return in time for the semi-finals, he’s now to miss being on the judging panel completely this series – and is said to be taking a hefty pay cut as a result.
But he will still receive approximately half of his appearance fee – roughly a not-too-shabby £125,000.
‘He’s contributed less than he normally would with all of his Italian flamboyance and high- energy performances in the studio, so he was happy to take less than his usual wage,’ a source told The Sun.
‘After all, it was his decision to focus on the American show while keeping his toe in the UK. There’s no hard feelings.’
Strictly’s judging panel this year has seen numerous shake-ups due to the pandemic, with Motsi Mabuse also having to step down for two weeks after she was forced to temporarily return home to Germany.
Dance pro Anton Du Beke filled in for her during the course of her absence, and like Bruno, Motsi appeared via videolink on Sunday night to give her thoughts.
Anton’s appearance on the panel was well-received by viewers, with fans demanding he become a permanent judge after his short-lived stint.
Not that it stopped Craig Revel-Horwood taking an awkward swipe at the star for ‘no longer being up’ on the panel on Saturday night.
Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.