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Giovanni Pernice not returning to Strictly Come Dancing, BBC confirms

Giovanni Pernice not returning to Strictly Come Dancing, BBC confirms

Strictly star Giovanni Pernice has denied allegation of 'abusive and threatening' behaviour

The BBC has confirmed that Giovanni Pernice will not return to Strictly Come Dancing.

This announcement follows claims of 'abusive and threatening' behaviour after law firm Carter-Ruck contacted the BBC regarding 'numerous serious complaints' about the professional dancer's alleged behaviour.

Pernice has said he rejects 'any suggestion of abusive or threatening behaviour'.

His last on-screen partner was actress Amanda Abbington and the two are rumoured to be embroiled in a feud.

51-year-old Sherlock star Amanda withdrew early from the show citing 'personal reasons'.

Following her departure, Amanda thanked 'everyone on Strictly' for their love and support in a post following the confirmation of her having left the competition - which notably excluded Giovanni.

Giovanni, 33, has been part of BBC One's Strictly since 2015 after reaching the grand final with Coronation Street's Georgia May Foote.

The BBC has not announced Pernice as part of its professional dancer line-up for 2024.

Giovanni has previously given his own statement following the allegations that refuted them entirely, adding that he was 'looking forward' to clearing his name.

In May, the BBC told Tyla: "It is a longstanding position that the BBC does not comment on specific matters related to individuals. Nor ordinarily, would we comment on whether we are reviewing any individual complaints.

"Recently, we have seen a number of media reports about a high profile show. We would urge people not to indulge in speculation. Anyone involved in a complaint has a right to confidentiality and fair process."

Giovanni Pernice has been involved with Strictly since 2015. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Giovanni Pernice has been involved with Strictly since 2015. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

They continued: "If a complaint is made to the BBC, we assess and take any necessary steps to establish the facts, whether there is a case to answer, and, if appropriate, what action should be taken.

"This is all within the context of the BBC having duties of care to everyone linked to a complaint - that applies to those that have raised the complaint and to those that have been complained about.

"Whilst we know our shows have been positive experiences for many of those who have taken part, we will always look at any issues raised with care, fairness and sensitivity to everyone concerned.

"We will not be commenting further."

Giovanni's departure from the show is set to shock fans.

In 2021, Pernice lifted the Strictly glitterball trophy alongside EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis - the first deaf contestant to take home the crown.

Since the news that Giovanni won't be taking part in the next series of Strictly, the BBC are yet to state that any official probe has begun.

Featured Image Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage / Instagram/@giovannipernice

Topics: BBC, Strictly Come Dancing, TV And Film