Top journalist John Sergeant says he is ‘not keen’ on same-sex couples dancing on Strictly
Prominent journalist and former ITV political editor John Sergeant has said he is “not keen” on there being same-sex dancing couples on Strictly Come Dancing.
“I’m sorry I’m not keen on it,” said Sergeant, who was the BBC’s chief political correspondent from 1992 to 2000.
Pressed on whether he was a “traditionalist” over the issue by host Matthew Wright, Sergeant responded: “No I just think that it’s – I mean, look, it’s a straight forward question.
“If I was gay, I would think: ‘Oh, why can’t all of us men get together and dance?’
“But I’m not gay, I’m sorry about this…it’s not illegal to be heterosexual. So I look at these things and think, ‘oh god isn’t she great’ and, you know, if I was dancing with a man I wouldn’t enjoy it.”
— Jeremy Vine On 5 (@JeremyVineOn5) May 27, 2018
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And, in April, dancer on the show Gleb Savchenko said he’d “love to see same-sex couples” on the show – and that he would up for being paired with a male celeb.