DAN Walker has hit back at the Strictly Come Dancing ‘fix’ claims after he and professional partner Nadiya Bychkova survived another week.
The BBC Breakfast host, 44, has been dogged by complaints from furious fans demanding he be booted off the show – but Dan insists he pays no attention to those comments.
Posting a snap on Instagram of him and Nadiya, 32, dancing last week, he wrote: “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all the amazing messages about Saturday night.
“We are genuinely not bothered by the criticism or anger because 1) It’s all a bit silly. 2) It’s just a TV show. 3) The guff is far outweighed by the positivity.”
Dan added: “@nadiyabychkova and I will continue to smile and we can’t wait to perform this week’s dance.”
He also shared a series of positive comments from fans on Twitter and wrote: “I’m well aware that some people are furious that I’m still dancing and that’s fine.”
Dan previously hit back at an article questioning how he was still on in the competition. Despite admitting he’s “not sure”, he added: “But we are incredibly thankful for all the support and it’s a true privilege to be a small part of the biggest show on the telly.
“I know articles like this are sourced from a few comments on social media but each week I get thousands of messages from people who love the show and are really enjoying watching @nadiyabychkova teaching me to dance.
“When I’ve watched Strictly in the past I have always liked seeing great dancers but also those who learn to love it and are working hard to improve every week. It’s a TV show and not the world championships.”
Last week Dan revealed that some of the stars who’ve been dumped from the competition have also quit the group WhatsApp chat.
He told the Daily Star: “We started off with all 15. Most people who have left [the show] have stayed in the group.”