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15/06/2015 06:29 BST | Updated 15/06/2015 09:59 BST

James Jordan: 'Strictly Come Dancing Will Lose So Many Viewers If It Allows Same-Sex Couples'

Former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ professional James Jordan has claimed the show will lose “so many viewers” if it introduces same-sex couples on the show.

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The dancer - who was axed from the show last year - branded the idea “wrong”, claiming that judge Craig Revel-Horwood is trying to force it to happen “because he’s gay”.

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Craig confirmed the show’s plans to introduce a same-sex couple last month, telling OK! online: “It’ll be either this year or next year, but most certainly, it will happen. They did it already in Hungary or somewhere.

“We should encourage that sort of thing, absolutely. There are competitions throughout the world that have same sex couples, you just have to decide who goes backwards darling!”

James previously caused outrage with similar comments in the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ house last year, telling his housemates: “I do not agree with men dancing with men. 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. Why would a man want to dance with a man?”

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