Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez has addressed the reports concerning professional dancers on the show who have not had the Covid-19 vaccine, saying that ‘everyone is free to do whatever they want’.
On Thursday’s edition of This Morning, Gorka appeared on the show alongside Hollyoaks actor Katie McGlynn, his celebrity partner in the 2021 series.
While sitting on the sofa in the ITV studio, Phillip grilled them for their thoughts on the controversy surrounding the claim that three pro dancers on the programme have refused to have the coronavirus vaccine.
When asked by Phillip if it is ‘important for the pros to be vaccinated’, Gorka said that ‘it’s just the speculation’, adding that he ‘can’t really say much of what tabloids write about it because it can be true, it can be not be true’.
‘What I know is the show is taking big responsibility to keep everyone safe, lots of testing, lots of trying to keep everyone distant and safe during the studio. They did it last year, we were all safe, so this year they’re doing the same and it will work, because we did it last year,’ he said.
They were then questioned whether they would ‘prefer’ to be in a ‘vaccinated environment’, to which Gorka replied: ‘Do you know what, everyone is free to do whatever they want. You go on the streets right now, some people might be vaccinated, some people might not.’
Phillip explained that some may feel it is an issue if a celebrity has someone in their family who is vulnerable and they are dancing with someone who isn’t vaccinated, saying that it may open up ‘a whole different can of worms’ as they have to dance in such close proximity to the professionals.
Katie chimed in, stating: ‘I think it just depends on each individual, doesn’t it, because I know last year, you were in your couples and everybody was in a hotel, whereas you get a bit more freedom this year because of the vaccinations.’
She added that ‘if that was me personally, I just wouldn’t see my family.’
‘Every situation’s different. I personally don’t know everybody’s situation because it’s none of our business, is it? Because we have to keep separate from everybody else,’ she said.
‘But everybody’s getting on like a house on fire, everybody seems to be gelling well, and I just think it’s all the speculation to be fair.’
Strictly 2021 star Tilly Ramsay told Lorraine Kelly on today’s show that she ‘definitely’ feels safe on the BBC programme amid the vaccine drama.
‘They’re working hard to keep everyone safe and we definitely do feel safe,’ she said.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.