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10th Jan 2024

BBC bosses are standing by Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice following Amanda Abbington feud

Anna Martin

Giovanni Pernice Amanda Abbington

Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice reportedly has the support of BBC bosses

It comes after he and his former dance partner Amanda Abbington were said to have had a falling out that resulted in her exiting the show early.

Following her departure, Amanda is allegedly suffering from PTSD due to the experience.

According to The Sun, bosses arranged a call between Giovanni’s management and Strictly executives where they offered him their full support.

The source said: “It’s no secret Gio and Amanda had a tricksy relationship – but there are two sides to every story.

Giovanni Pernice Amanda  Abbington
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“Bosses arranged a call between his management and show execs to discuss recent coverage and make sure he was okay as obviously he’s faced a hell of a lot of stick over the past couple of months.

“The feeling is he is a tough taskmaster, but hasn’t bullied or abused anyone. The BBC see him as a key face of Strictly and will do all they can to support him.”

When Amanda first left the show she cited “personal reasons” as the cause of her premature departure.

According to The Mirror, after taking some time to see a therapist and process everything that happened she has requested the footage of their rehearsals to decide how to proceed.

The actress claimed that it was the pro dancer’s “tense” and “full-on” training methods that caused her so much distress.

On Monday, the BBC released a statement claiming they would have picked up on any bad behaviour at the time given their duty of care procedures.

Giovanni Pernice
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The statement read: “The BBC offers a comprehensive range of support to all individuals taking part in our shows. 

“Strictly Come Dancing has always taken duty of care incredibly seriously and there is a constant dialogue between senior members of the production team and the contestants to ensure any concerns are addressed swiftly.

“Strictly has a proud track record as a joyful, positive experience where robust support and assistance is always made available at every stage of the production.”