James, who is currently residing in the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house, made the comments to his fellow housemates following calls for the show to feature same-sex dance partners.
“I do not agree with men dancing with men," he said.
“Latin dancing is about a man and a woman – not two people of the same sex.
“Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you can’t dance with a woman.
“My dance idol growing up was as camp as a butcher’s hook. He was totally gay. But he was the most masculine dancer you could ever meet.
"Why would a man want to dance with a man?”
James' comments come after his former colleague, Robin Windsor, revealed he had asked the show's producers to include a same-sex dance pairing on the new series, which returns to our screens later this month
Robin's partner, former 'X Factor' contestant Marcus Collins, agreed, saying: “It’s only a matter of time before enough people speak up [about same-sex dance partners] and it’s gonna be changed. History speaks for itself.”
Robin Windsor (right) with his partner, Marcus Collins
James, who was dropped from the 'Strictly' pro-dancer line-up earlier this year, has also spoken out about the new series being presented by two women - Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly - following Bruce Forsyth's departure.
“Obviously the BBC have these amazing ideas that don’t always necessarily work,” he said. "I think Claudia and Tess individually are fantastic people. Do I think it’s going to work for Strictly? I don’t know.
"I’m a firm believer that ballroom and Latin dancing is about a man dancing with a woman and I thought it was nice to have a man presenting as well.”