Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood delivered a cutting remark about professional dancer Anton Du Beke on tonight’s show, mocking the fact Anton is ‘no longer up here’ on the judging panel.
On Saturday night, Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse made her highly-anticipated return to the show, having been absent for the past couple of weeks following a period of isolation after an ‘urgent’ trip to Germany.
Anton, who was eliminated with his partner Jacqui Smith in the first week of the competition, temporarily joined the panel in her place, much to the delight of many Strictly viewers.
Tonight, while Craig was critiquing Bill Bailey’s Jive routine with partner Oti Mabuse, the judge received some boos from those present in the studio.
Pausing his feedback, Craig said: ‘Is that Anton booing from the cheap seats darling?’
He then stated: ‘Sorry Anton, but you’re no longer up here.’
This prompted laughs and further boos from those present in the studio, including former temporary judge Anton.
At the sound of the booing, Craig said: ‘That’s more like it, it fills me with excitement.’
Some Strictly fans found Craig’s jibe amusing, with one Twitter user stating: ‘Gotta love some of Craig’s sass.’
However, others, including former Strictly professional dancer James Jordan, were not quite so easily entertained.
‘That was a really d***y thing for Craig to say about Anton,’ he tweeted.
‘Showing true colours about how he treats the pros. I would just never keep my mouth shut when I saw it TO ANYONE.’
Joining in the discussion, another Twitter user responded: ‘I took it to be a bit of a joke. They’ve known each other a long time, I don’t think Anton would have taken it personally?’
Another person remarked that ‘they should have kept Anton Du Beke for the rest of the series’, describing him as ‘amazing’.
Let’s hope Craig and Anton are close enough that it was taken as a harmless joke!
It’ll be a tough call to predict who’ll end up in the bottom two in tomorrow’s results show!
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Sunday at 7.25pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.