Monday 19 August 2019

Dancer Katya Jones axed from main 'Strictly' line-up following her kiss with Seann Walsh last year - reports

Seann Walsh and his dance partner Katya Jones. (Guy Levy/BBC)
Seann Walsh and his dance partner Katya Jones. (Guy Levy/BBC)
Seann Walsh and Katya Jones (Guy Levy/BBC)
The second highest viewer ratings came the week after Seann Walsh and Katya Jones were pictured kissing (BBC/Guy Levy/PA)
Seann Walsh with his dance partner Katya Jones in the last series (Ray Burmiston/BBC)
Seann Walsh and Katya Jones (BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing contestants (left to right) Oti Mabuse, Graeme Swann, Katya Jones and Seann Walsh, during the results show for the BBC1 dance programme
Seann Walsh and Katya Jones (BBC/Guy Levy)

Katya Jones has been demoted on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 29-year-old dancer has reportedly been axed from the main 'Strictly' line-up and told that she will not be getting a celebrity partner this year, following her steamy kiss with Seann Walsh last year.

Instead, Katya - who is married to fellow dancer Neil Jones - has been offered a reduced role on the show.

A source told The Sun: “Katya’s gutted. She knows she’s being punished. [Show bosses have told her] accept a reduced role as a back-up or walk away.

“Katya knows she is being punished for her actions and the scandal she caused.

“She feels BBC bosses are saying she can’t be trusted to act professionally with a celebrity.

“It is frustrating as she has put so much time and effort into the new series.

“But producers were adamant. While they let her stay in the cast they can’t condone her behaviour or all the drama she caused. No one is bigger than the show.”

It has also been claimed that Katya's husband Neil, 35, who has supported her throughout the cheating scandal, will be promoted and will be paired with a celebrity for the first time.

Meanwhile, Neil previously revealed he refused to let Katya's kiss with Seann "get in the way of 10 very happy years".

The pair have been married for six years and together for 10 and Neil said: "It was a shock. And we had to work it out between ourselves, to understand what had happened.

"But I wasn't going to allow that one little thing to get in the way of 10 very happy years. People have said to me, 'Why didn't you feel this? Why didn't you say that?' For me, the initial reaction was to stay calm. I didn't want to run around in a panic, because that's not me.

"I'm private. I'm also quite positive.  I wanted to speak to Katya - we had to sort it out privately."

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