Ben Shephard jokes about 'divorce settlement' costs amid Strictly Come Dancing rumours

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 April 2021
Ben Shephard

Ben Shephard

Ben Shephard has played down talk he'll join 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Ben Shephard has joked he'll only join 'Strictly Come Dancing' if the BBC pays for his divorce settlement.

The 46-year-old presenter has been urged to join the hit show by his 'Good Morning Britain' co-star Ranvir Singh, but Ben has brushed off the idea.

Ranvir – who appeared on 'Strictly' last year – told him on the ITV show: "They’ve been after you for years."

However, Ben – who married his wife, Annie Shephard, in 2004 – laughed off the suggestion.

The presenter joked that appearing on the programme wasn't worth the cost of a divorce.

He quipped: "We’re having negotiations, we just need to get it up high enough so it’s actually worth it ... Well, obviously they’ve got to cover the divorce settlement!"

Ranvir, 43, subsequently floated the idea of Ben performing in a same-sex couple on 'Strictly.

The newsreader – who was partnered with Giovanni Pernice on the show – said: "Giovanni said he wants to do a male and male pairing. So, Ben?"

Asked if his wife would feel more comfortable if he was partnered with a man, Ben said: "Yeah, I’m sure she would be. Would she? Maybe."

Ranvir relished her time on 'Strictly' and she previously admitted that she struggled to come down from the high of appearing on the show.

The presenter admitted she felt "flat" after her 'Strictly' stint ended, and her former co-stars felt similarly.

She said: "Christmas week, which was the second weekend, I felt so flat.

"The first weekend I felt fine – but that second weekend I felt so, so flat. I messaged Clara Amfo and I messaged Max George and they said yes, they had it too.

"Apparently it is really common. The first weekend is typically fine but the second one is a real comedown for some people."

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