Strictly Come Dancing 2020 star Caroline Quentin has responded to backlash over licking pro partner Johannes Radebe during her final routine on the show in November.
Speaking to The Guardian, Caroline described the licking as “consensual” and said she wasn’t aware of the backlash until Johannes told her following their performance.
“Johannes came off, because he’s always looking at Twitter, and he went: ‘Oh God,'” Caroline explained.
“I said: ‘What, Johannes?’ He went: ‘People don’t like the fact you licked me.'”
Caroline added: “Let me just say that Johannes was completely complicit. I am not a licker. I did not take it upon myself to lick him.
“We talked about it. It was consensual licking. It was meant to be funny. So get a sense of humour or f**k off. One or the other. I don’t care.”
Caroline previously revealed that the idea for the licking came during their dress run through and said she didn’t regret it.
“We didn’t actually practice it in rehearsals,” she told Zoe Ball on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in November following their elimination.
“It came out during the dress run and it was given the stamp of approval by people who know about that sort of thing. I’d do it again tomorrow, I have to say.”
Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One. It’s due to return later in 2021.
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