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Holly Willoughby Faces Backlash For 'Insensitive' Comment Towards Rose Ayling-Ellis

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Holly Willoughby Faces Backlash For 'Insensitive' Comment Towards Rose Ayling-Ellis

Holly Willoughby was criticised following yesterday's episode of This Morning, over a comment made to Strictly Come Dancing winner Rose Ayling-Ellis.

Rose and dance partner Giovanni Pernice appeared on the daytime show to discuss all things Strictly as well as the Strictly tour. But a comment made by Holly during the interview was deemed 'insensitive' by viewers at home.

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During the interview, Rose and Giovanni were discussing their iconic couple's dance, where they featured 10 seconds of total silence as tribute to the deaf community.

The beautiful dance received glowing reviews, with viewers at home reduced to tears.

Discussing whether they would be performing it again on tour, Rose said: "Yeah. We said it'd be weird for us not to do it, I think."

Giovanni added: "It's such an important dance. It's a statement in an arena with 10,000 people live and to stop the music would be quite spectacular. It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever done on Strictly so I think we both want to do it so much."

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Holly then said: "You won't be able to hear a pin drop in the arena at that moment, let me tell you. It was just a bit of magic on TV actually."

Rose and Giovanni appeared on yesterday's This Morning (Credit: ITV)
Rose and Giovanni appeared on yesterday's This Morning (Credit: ITV)

And viewers were taken aback, with one writing on Twitter: "I can’t believe Holly just told Rose ‘you won’t hear a pin drop’ how insensitive #ThisMorning."

While another said: "'You could hear a pin drop' is not the best thing to say, Holly..."

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Tyla has reached out to This Morning for comment.

The pair will perform the iconic dance (Credit: ITV)
The pair will perform the iconic dance (Credit: ITV)

The Strictly tour will kick off later this month, with the show announcing earlier this week that for the first time ever, a registered BSL Interpreter will be provided for every venue.

They said: "BREAKING NEWS! We are delighted to announce that a registered BSL Interpreter will be provided for every venue and performance of the tour, making this the biggest ever BSL accessible arena tour in the UK.

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"The interpreter will be displayed on two very large screens either side of the stage area so attendees can book tickets and sit almost anywhere in the arena to enjoy the experience with family and friends.

"For more information about how to book tickets please visit www.strictlycomedancinglive.com (via the link on our profile). To apply for PA assistance please contact your local venue."

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV And Film, This Morning

Lucy Devine
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