Caroline Quentin felt 'institutionalised' by Strictly Come Dancing

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 January 2021
Caroline Quentin

Caroline Quentin

Caroline Quentin felt "a bit institutionalised" after she left 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Caroline Quentin felt "a bit institutionalised" after she left 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 60-year-old star appeared on the recent series of the BBC One dancing competition and she admits she felt a bit "trapped", describing the show as the "oddest thing she's done".

She said: "I was aware of it and I’d seen clips. But I never actually watched an entire programme. It’s probably the oddest thing I’ve done … Basically, you’re trapped. I mean, thank God I liked my partner. People say it’s an institution and … I felt a bit institutionalised by the time I came out."

And Caroline also responded to her critics, who slated her after she licked her professional dance partner Johannes Radebe on the arm after a routine.

Speaking about the infamous incident, she told The Guardian newspaper: "It would not have occurred to me that that would have been a problem. Not until Johannes came off, because he’s always looking at Twitter, and he went, 'Oh God.' I said: 'What, Johannes?' He went, 'People don’t like the fact you licked me.' I said, 'Why not?' He said, 'You licked a black man.' I said, 'Do you think it’s that, Jo?' He said, 'I’m sure it is.' I said, 'F***, that’s depressing.' And the word came down, 'People have been upset by you licking him.' Well, let me just say that Johannes was completely complicit.

"I am not a licker. I did not take it upon myself to lick him. We talked about it. It was consensual licking. It was meant to be funny. So get a sense of humour or f*** off. One or the other. I don’t care."

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