The nature presenter revealed she was offered the chance to swap her wellies and waterproof coat for the glitz and glamour of ‘Strictly’, but ultimately chose to turn it down.
She told The Mirror: “I was doing ‘Springwatch’ at the time and my agent phoned me up to tell me Strictly wanted me to do the show. I hooted with laughter at the thought and then went back in to tell the ‘Springwatch’ team what I had been asked to do.
However, Kate added that after agreeing to a meeting, she began to have second thoughts about whether the show would be right for her, concluding she was probably more happy “being mucky”.
“It’s just not me and I was literally about to have a panic attack at the thought of wearing make-up and dresses! My agent realised and gently put her hand on my knee as if to say ‘it’s ok, don’t worry’.
She isn’t the only star to give ‘Strictly’ the brush-off, though, with Lorraine Kelly admitting this week she had no desire to throw on her dancing shoes.
While interviewing professionals Karen and Kevin Clifton on her ITV daytime show, Lorraine joked: “Even you couldn’t teach me [how to dance].”
‘Strictly’ will return for its 15th series later this year, with rumoured contestants including ‘Gogglebox’ stars Steph and Dom Parker, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds and former ‘EastEnders’ star Samantha Womack.