An expert from the BBC show ‘Eggheads’ claims he was rejected by Strictly Come Dancing because he wanted a same-sex partner.
CJ de Mooi, who is gay, says they opted for the show’s host, Jeremy Vine, instead because of his request.
He says his manager had approached the show’s producers and they were considering him.
“I thought, as it’s now 2015, it’s time this format in Britain had a same-sex couple,” he told Radio 1’s Newsbeat.
CJ do Mooi, who is one of five quiz champions on Eggheads, is also angry about a BBC statement in response to his claims reportedly stating: “Strictly is a family show and we have chosen the traditional format of mixed-sex couples.”
He says Strictly bosses are behind the times and believes the fact he wasn’t chosen is directly because he wanted to dance with a man.
Image caption The Eggheads Team: Chris Hughes, Daphne Fowler, CJ de Mooi, Kevin Ashman, Judith Keppel
“I don’t want to say that Strictly are conservative,” he says.
“But I think their announcement that they’re a ‘family show’ and have no plans for same-sex couples seems that they’re being a little bit narrow-minded and defining family in some very narrow terms.”
The BBC’s use of the term “family-show” has angered people on social media too, with many saying it’s offensive.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment