By Aoife Hanna
Strictly dancers not vaccinated are said to be seeking legal representation as the row rages on about their vaccination status. However, it has been confirmed by the BBC that their legal costs won't be paid using licensing fee.
Although Strictly Come Dancing 2021 should be hitting the headlines for all of the glitz and glamour, this year it seems a lot more attention is being paid to whether professional dancers have been vaccinated or not.
As it stands, which of the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 couples has an unvaccinated pro in the mix remains a mystery—despite ongoing public interest and discussion on the matter.
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The Strictly dancers not vaccinated have reportedly sought legal representation, according to the Times, to prevent their identities from being revealed, citing privacy laws.
In light of this recent update, the Daily Mail claims that they've had the confirmation that, "neither the BBC nor BBC Studios, the commercial arm that makes the hit program, will fund the legal bills. This leaves the pair to settle their own costs, which could run into thousands of pounds."
Strictly Come Dancing's James Jordan slammed "selfish" anti-vax pro dancers, but largely other stars and judges have kept schtum on the matter.
Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel-Horwood, not known for keeping his opinions to himself, told the Times that for him a vaccine was imperative when going on stage. He also claimed, however, that he didn't know anything about the ongoing vaccine debacle.
He said, "If I came into a situation, certainly when I am doing panto, for instance, I am hoping everyone has had a vaccination that I’m performing with on stage because that will make me feel safer."
The BBC has not required participants on the show to be vaccinated. In a statement, they said, "A lot has been written about vaccinations and Strictly in recent days. The BBC has never commented nor confirmed the vaccination status of anyone on the show. It’s not our place to."
"It is not the case that concerns have been raised with the BBC or the Strictly production team from dancers or celebrities about vaccination, or that they have threatened to quit."
Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.
She's an Irish journalist and writer with over 1500 bylines and a background in creative writing, comedy and TV production.
Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the soon-to-be-published Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.
Outside of work you might bump into her at a garden center, charity shop, hot yoga studio, lifting heavy weights or (most likely) supping/eating some sort of delicious drink/meal.
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