Strictly Fans Fear Female Dancer's Axing Over Giovanni Pernice Support in Bullying Row
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Strictly Fans Fear Female Dancer's Axing Over Giovanni Pernice Support in Bullying Row

23 May 2024
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Strictly Fans Fear Female Dancer's Axing Over Giovanni Pernice Support in Bullying Row

Strictly Scandal

In the world of dance, friendships can sometimes lead to unexpected consequences. This is the case for Lauren Oakley, a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing, whose close ties with Giovanni Pernice have sparked concerns among fans.

Oakley’s Decision

Oakley made the decision to forego the Strictly Live Tour, instead opting to join Pernice on his ‘Let Me Entertain You’ tour. This move has raised eyebrows and fueled speculation about her future on the show.

Pernice’s Controversy

Pernice is currently embroiled in a controversy, with the BBC investigating claims from Amanda Abbington and three other former partners alleging PTSD from their time with him. Pernice, a veteran on the show since 2015, has categorically denied these allegations and has enlisted top legal counsel to safeguard his reputation.

Rumors and Speculation: Amidst the turmoil, rumors are circulating that Pernice may be leaving the BBC show. An insider shared with The Sun, “Gio feels the pressure has become unbearable. He wants to shift his focus to other TV projects, believing he has reached his zenith on Strictly.”

Oakley’s Future

Fans are apprehensive that Oakley, 33, might face repercussions due to her association with Pernice. Oakley had plans to work with Pernice and Anton du Beke on a BBC travel show, but the series has been put on hold due to the ongoing scandal.

Fan Reactions

Fans have voiced their concerns on social media platforms like Reddit. One user wrote, “I hope this doesn’t negatively impact Lauren. She’s amazing, and I’d hate for her Strictly career to be cut short due to this.” Another echoed similar sentiments.

Oakley’s Silence

Amidst the controversy, Oakley has kept a low profile, recently sharing photos from her holiday on Instagram. She wrote, “Holiday love Pt.2. It’s been gorgeous living the simple life for a week. Just me, you, and a little bag. No make-up, no nails, no hairspray or fake tan… but the theatre calls! Back to work tomorrow. See you all soon.”

Pernice’s Defense

Despite the allegations, Pernice maintains his innocence. He has engaged Schillings solicitors to help clear his name. A statement from Schillings, as reported by the Daily Mail, reads, “Giovanni is fully cooperating with BBC Studios to rebut the claims made against him. He is committed to clearing his name and defending his reputation.”

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