Shaun Ryder wanted Strictly gig

Shaun Ryder

Shaun Ryder

'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!' runner-up Shaun Ryder originally wanted to appear on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Shaun Ryder wanted to appear on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 'Step On' hitmaker - who was famously banned by Channel 4 from appearing on live TV following a foul-mouthed outburst on 'TFI Friday' - accepted an offer to take part in the contest, but his appearance was blocked by worried BBC chiefs.

He said: "I got offered 'Strictly'. The producers wanted me and I was up for I but the head of the BBC said he wouldn't take a chance on Shaun Ryder doing prime-time TV on a Saturday night.

"Why? I don't know. Basically, you go and dance and then you keep your mouth shut while those guys on the panel tell you how s**t you are. I guess the BBC top brass thought I'd have a tantrum and be effing and blinding my way through the cha cha cha. I'm fine about it."

While Shaun recently came second on 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!', he turned down the chance to appear on 'Celebrity Big Brother' - which was previously won by his Happy Mondays bandmate Bez - because he thinks the show is "obscene".

He said: "I turned down 'Big Brother' because I don't think it's right. It's obscene.

"To me, it's a bunch of people with serious mental health problems being locked in a house and someone throwing booze at them. It feels a bit wrong to me. In the jungle, at lest you are bonding and working together."


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